The Moulin Rouge and Black Rights in Las Vegas: A History of the First Racially Integrated Hotel-Casino

The Moulin Rouge and Black Rights in Las Vegas: A History of the First Racially Integrated Hotel-Casino

by Earnest N. Bracey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786439920

ISBN-13: 9780786439928

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Originally opened in May 1955, the Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino quickly rose in popularity as Las Vegas' first racially-integrated hotel and casino. Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, and other A-list black singers and musicians performed at the Moulin Rouge on a regular basis, and for once they were allowed to spend the night in the same hotel where they

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Overview

Originally opened in May 1955, the Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino quickly rose in popularity as Las Vegas' first racially-integrated hotel and casino. Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, and other A-list black singers and musicians performed at the Moulin Rouge on a regular basis, and for once they were allowed to spend the night in the same hotel where they performed.

This book explains the important role that the hotel-casino played in early desegregation efforts in Las Vegas. With the Moulin Rouge as the backdrop, it provides an analysis of the evolution of race-relations in Las Vegas, including a detailed account of the landmark 1960 desegregation agreement. Finally, it examines recent efforts to rebuild and renovate the historic establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786439928
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction 15

1 In the Beginning 23

2 The Inevitability of Interracial Socialization in Las Vegas 31

3 The Main Event 39

4 After the Lights and Fanfare 47

5 The New Business Acquisition 55

6 The Persistence of Cultural, Racial and Religious Barriers 63

7 The Desegregation Agreement 69

8 Hot Times in the City 79

9 Blacks Need Not Apply Here 87

10 The Black Political Revolution in Las Vegas 93

11 The Significance of Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement 103

12 A Lack of Economic Security and Opportunity 111

13 The End of an Era 119

14 The Power Brokers and a Raw Deal 125

15 Economic Discrimination and Education 131

16 A Dream Deferred Forever 137

17 The Beginning of the End 143

18 The Walls Come Tumbling Down 149

19 The New Black Entrepreneurs 157

20 Reflections on a Place and Time 167

Conclusion 175

Postscript 183

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 211

Index 219

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