African American Urban History Since World War II

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Historians have devoted surprisingly little attention to African American urban history ofthe postwar period, especially compared with earlier decades. Correcting this imbalance,African American Urban History since World War IIfeatures an exciting mix of seasoned scholars and fresh new voices whose combined efforts provide the first comprehensive assessment of this important subject. The first of this volume's five groundbreaking sections focuses on black migration and Latino immigration, examining tensions and alliances that emerged between African Americans and other groups. Exploring the challenges of residential segregation and deindustrialization, later sections tackle such topics as the real estate industry's discriminatory practices, the movement of middle-class blacks to the suburbs, and the influence of black urban activists on national employment and social welfare policies. Another group of contributors examines these themes through the lens of gender, chronicling deindustrialization's disproportionate impact on women and women's leading roles in movements for social change. Concluding with a set of essays on black culture and consumption, this volume fully realizes its goal of linking local transformations with the national and global processes that affect urban class and race relations.

Author Biography

Kenneth L. Kusmer is professor of history at Temple University. Joe W. Trotter is the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice at Carnegie Mellon University.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Second Great Migration and the New Immigration
The Second Great Migration: A Historical Overviewp. 19
Blacks, Latinos, and the New Racial Frontier in American Cities of Color: California's Emerging Minority-Majority Citiesp. 39
The Young Lords and the Postwar City: Notes on the Geographical and Structural Reconfigurations of Contemporary Urban Lifep. 60
Great Expectations: African American and Latino Relations in Phoenix since World War IIp. 83
Citizens and Workers: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia's Regional Economy since World War IIp. 98
The Second Ghetto and the Suburb
Realtors and Racism in Working-Class Philadelphia, 1945-1970p. 123
Deadly Inequalities: Race, Illness, and Poverty in Washington, D.C., since 1945p. 142
"The House I Live In": Race, Class, and African American Suburban Dreams in the Postwar United Statesp. 160
Class, Race, and Politics
All Across the Nation: Urban Black Activism, North and South, 1965-1975p. 181
Harvesting the Crisis: The Newark Uprising, the Kerner Commission, and Writings on Riotsp. 203
Affirmative Action from Below: Civil Rights, the Building Trades, and the Politics of Racial Equality in the Urban North, 1945-1969p. 219
"Trouble Won't Last": Black Church Activism in Postwar Philadelphiap. 245
The Black Professional Middle Class and the Black Community: Racialized Class Formation in Oakland and the East Bayp. 263
Gender, Class, and Social-Welfare Policy
Shifting Paradigms of Black Women's Work in the Urban North and West: World War II to the Presentp. 295
"Something's Wrong Down Here": Poor Black Women and Urban Struggles for Democracyp. 316
Gendering Postwar Urban History: African American Women, Welfare, and Poverty in Philadelphiap. 337
Culture, Consumption, and the Black Community
African American Consumers since World War IIp. 359
Black Dollar Power: Assessing African American Consumerism since 1945p. 376
Race, Place, and Memory: African American Tourism in the Postindustrial Cityp. 404
Notesp. 425
Indexp. 513
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