Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California by Lawrence B. de GraafSeeking El Dorado: African Americans in California by Lawrence B. de Graaf

Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California

EditorLawrence B. de Graaf, Kevin Mulroy, Quintard Taylor

Hardcover | July 16, 2015

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From the 18th century, African Americans, like many others, have migrated to California to seek fortunes or, often, the more modest goals of being able to find work, own a home, and raise a family relatively free of discrimination. Not only their search but also its outcome is covered in Seeking El Dorado. Whether they settled in major cities or smaller towns, African Americans created institutions and organizations?churches, social clubs, literary societies, fraternal orders, civil rights organizations?that embodied the legacy of their past and the values they shared. Blacks came in search of the same jobs as other Americans, but the search often proved frustrating. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, African American leadership in the state consistently focused on achieving racial justice. The essays in this book speak of triumph and hardship, success, discrimination, and disappointment.

Seeking El Dorado is a major contribution to black history and the history of the American West and will be of interest to both scholars and general readers.

Title:Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in CaliforniaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:550 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 16, 2015Publisher:University of Washington Press and Autry Museum of Western HeritageLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295995750

ISBN - 13:9780295995755


Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction, African Americans in California History, California in African American History

Part 1: Forming the Community1. The Early African heritage of California2. African American Women & Community Development in California 1848-1900

Part 2: Pursuing the Dream3. ?The Greatest State for the Negro?, Jefferson L. Edmonds, Black Propagandist of the California Dream4. Harvests of Gold, African American Boosterism, Agriculture, and Investment in Allensorth and Little Liberia5. in Search of the Promised Land, African American Migration to San Francisco, 1900-19456. Your Life Is Really Not Just Your Own, African American Women in 20th Century California

Part 3: Developments in Culture and Politics7. The Evolution of Black Music in Los Angeles 1890-19558. Becoming Democrats, Liberal Politics and the African American Community in Los Angeles 1930-19659. In the Interest of All Races, African Americans and Interracial Cooperation in Los Angeles during and after World War II

Part 4: The Dream Deferred10. Deindustrialization, Urban Poverty and African American Community Mobilization in Oakland, 1945 through the 1990s11. Black Fire, Riot and Revolt in Los Angeles 1965 and 199212. African American Suburbanization in California 1960 through 199013. Coalition Building in Los Angeles, the Bradley Years and Beyond

Suggested ReadingsContributorsAcknowledgmentsIndex