Using interviews with leaders and participants, as well as historical archives, the author documents three interracial sites where white Americans put themselves into unprecedented relationships with African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans. In teen summer camps in the New York City and Los Angeles areas, students from largely segregated schools worked and played together; in Washington, DC, families fought blockbusting and white flight to build an integrated neighborhood; and in San Antonio, white community activists joined in coalition with Mexican American groups to advocate for power in a city government monopolized by Anglos. Women often took the lead in organizations that were upsetting patterns of men's protective authority at the same time as white people's racial dominance.
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About the Author
Phyllis Palmer, Professor of American Studies and Women's Studies at George Washington University, is the author of Domesticity and Dirt: Housewives and Domestic Servants in the United States, 1920-1940.
Table of Contents
Camping for Democracy: Brotherhood Camps, 1957-1967 25
Respecting All the Brothers and Sisters: Brotherhood Camps, 1968-1974 58
Making a Neighborhood: Neighbors Inc., 1958-1965 93
Abiding Together: Neighbors Inc., 1965-1975 137
The Limits of White Anglo Benevolence: San Antonio, 1948-1968 170
A Victory of Multicultural Collaboration: San Antonio, 1969-1983 204