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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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
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