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Street Meeting Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

ISBN-10: 0520256352
ISBN-13: 9780520256354
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mark Wild
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 309
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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.

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

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