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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

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
Sales rank:
961,242
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

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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