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Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles / Edition 1

Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles / Edition 1

by Mark Wild
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Immigrant neighborhoods of the early twentieth century have commonly been viewed as segregated, homogeneous slums isolated from the larger "American" city. But as Mark Wild demonstrates in this new study of Los Angeles, such districts often nurtured dynamic, diverse environments where residents interacted with individuals of other races and cultures.
In fact, as his engaging account makes clear, between 1900 and 1940 such multiethnic areas mushroomed in Los Angeles. Street Meeting, enriched with oral histories, reminiscences, newspaper reports, and other sources, examines interactions among working-class Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Italians, African Americans, and others, reminding us that Los Angeles has been a multiethnic city since its birth. This study further argues that these ethnic interactions played a crucial role in the urban development of the United States during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900520256353
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/02/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Wild is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Familiarity of "Foreign Quarters": The Central Los Angeles Populace     9
Building the White Spot of America: The Corporate Reconstruction of Ethnoracial Los Angeles     38
The Church of All Nations and the Quest for "Indigenous Immigrant Communities"     62
"So Many Children at Once and So Many Kinds": The World of Central City Children     94
Mixed Couples: Love, Sex, and Marriage across Ethnoracial Lines     121
Preaching to Mixed Crowds: Ethnoracial Coalitions and the Political Culture of Street Speaking     148
The Streets Run Red: The Communist Party and the Resurgence of Coalition Street Politics     176
Conclusion. From Central Neighborhood to Inner City: The Triumph of Corporate Liberal Urbanization     201
Notes     211
Bibliography     265
Index     283

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