L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present by Josh SidesL.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present by Josh Sides

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

byJosh Sides

Paperback | June 12, 2006

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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 Limits critically 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.
Josh Sides is Assistant Professor of History at Cal Poly Pomona.
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Title:L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:June 12, 2006Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520248309

ISBN - 13:9780520248304

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. African American Los Angeles Before World War II
2. The Great Migration and the Changing Face of Los Angeles
3. The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Industrial Los Angeles, 1941–1964
4. Race and Housing in Postwar Los Angeles
5. Making the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Los Angeles
6. Black Community Transformation in the 1960s and 1970s

Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
List of Captions
Index

Editorial Reviews

"An exceptional book. . . .[Sides] mixes pioneering research with good writing, sharp analysis and the moving stories of everyday people. His work deserves a place on the bookshelves of all serious students of Los Angeles and the rest of urban California."--Bill Boyarsky, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"