African American Urban History since World War II by Kenneth L. Kusmer, Joe W. Trotter

By Kenneth L. Kusmer, Joe W. Trotter

Historians have committed unusually little recognition to African American city historical past of the postwar interval, specifically in comparison with previous many years. Correcting this imbalance, African American city heritage for the reason that international struggle II good points a thrilling mixture of professional students and clean new voices whose mixed efforts give you the first complete overview of this significant subject.            the 1st of this volume’s 5 groundbreaking sections makes a speciality of black migration and Latino immigration, analyzing tensions and alliances that emerged among African american citizens and different teams. Exploring the demanding situations of residential segregation and deindustrialization, later sections take on such subject matters because the actual property industry’s discriminatory practices, the stream of middle-class blacks to the suburbs, and the impact of black city activists on nationwide employment and social welfare guidelines. one other workforce of members examines those subject matters in the course of the lens of gender, chronicling deindustrialization’s disproportionate impression on girls and women’s top roles in events for social swap. Concluding with a collection of essays on black tradition and intake, this quantity absolutely realizes its aim of linking neighborhood ameliorations with the nationwide and international approaches that impact city category and race kinfolk.

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Asian-origin groups, especially the Chinese, had an even longer history of this type of residential separation from whites. ”13 Residential segregation based on race and class was replicated in large and small cities up and down the state during the first half of the twentieth century: in Oakland and its East Bay suburbs, in San Francisco and the peninsula, in San Jose and San Diego, and in the Monterey Bay region. The local histories of Compton, East Palo Alto, and Seaside reveal many housing patterns that were common statewide.

So we do not want to rely too heavily on such sources in trying to evaluate the overall pattern of migrant experiences. But census data suggest that most migrants benefited economically from migration and lend support to the kind of evaluations found in so many oral histories. 3 compares the average incomes of black southerners living in the North and West in 1950 and again in 1970 with the incomes of those remaining in the South. The table focuses on men and women in the prime earning years (ages 35–49) and separates them by educational level.

Her husband, who had been serving in the Navy, came home with a fatal medical condition. By 1946, Belle was a widow with small children. The Veterans Administration helped her buy a house, and she went back to work at the local VA hospital in food service. ” She is also proud of her children and their education and careers. 27 Dona Irvin has spent years thinking about and writing about the meanings of her life and migration experience. Author of two books—a memoir and a history of the Oakland church that she and fellow migrants from Texas and Arkansas turned into a center of community life and political activism in the 1950s and 1960s—she knows that migration experiences varied dramatically, and she avoids clichéd concepts such as “the promised land” that invite monolithic assessments.

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