L. A. City Limits African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present

ISBN-10: 0520248309
ISBN-13: 9780520248304
Edition: 2006
Authors: Josh Sides
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Description: In 1964 an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965 the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass--embodying  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

In 1964 an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965 the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass--embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South--is the story told for the first time in this history of modern black Los Angeles. A clear-eyed and compelling look at black struggles for equality in L.A.'s neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces from the Great Depression to our day,L.A. City Limitscritically refocuses the ongoing debate about the origins of America's racial and urban crisis. Challenging previous analysts' near-exclusive focus on northern "rust-belt" cities devastated by de-industrialization, Josh Sides asserts that the cities to which black southerners migrated profoundly affected how they fared. He shows how L.A.'s diverse racial composition, dispersive geography, and dynamic postwar economy often created opportunities--and limits--quite different from those encountered by blacks in the urban North.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
African American Los Angeles Before World War II
The Great Migration and the Changing Face of Los Angeles
The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Industrial Los Angeles, 1941-1964
Race and Housing in Postwar Los Angeles
Making the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Los Angeles
Black Community Transformation in the 1960s and 1970s
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
List of Captions
Index

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