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 strangely little cognizance to African American city background of the postwar interval, specifically in comparison with prior many years. Correcting this imbalance, African American city heritage when you consider that international warfare II positive aspects a thrilling mixture of pro students and clean new voices whose mixed efforts give you the first finished review of this crucial subject.            the 1st of this volume’s 5 groundbreaking sections specializes in black migration and Latino immigration, analyzing tensions and alliances that emerged among African americans 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 move of middle-class blacks to the suburbs, and the impression of black city activists on nationwide employment and social welfare regulations. one other staff of participants examines those topics in the course of the lens of gender, chronicling deindustrialization’s disproportionate impression on ladies and women’s major roles in pursuits for social switch. Concluding with a suite of essays on black tradition and intake, this quantity totally realizes its aim of linking neighborhood ameliorations with the nationwide and worldwide procedures that have an effect on city type and race family members.

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Beginning during World War II and lasting through the Vietnam era, African Americans left home in unprecedented numbers, and in doing so, they reshaped their own lives and much more. Close to five million people left the South between 1941 and the late 19 20 gregory 1970s. More millions left farms and villages and moved into the South’s big cities. Within one generation, a people who had been mostly rural became mostly urban. A people mostly southern spread to all regions of the United States. A people mostly accustomed to poverty and equipped with farm skills now pushed their way into the core of the American economy.

As the small population of Seasiders soared (to nearly twenty thousand by 1960), so, too, did the number of military-related residents, a growing percentage of whom were minority, especially African American. S. Army infantry divisions, Fort Ord was home to the Seventh Infantry Regiment and the Second Filipino Regiment, both of which contained many mixedrace families—black soldiers who had married French or German women after the war and Filipino soldiers who had also intermarried with various European-origin women.

From a small hamlet of about fifteen hundred people shortly after the war, the area grew to twelve thousand by the early 1950s, as a result of the availability of inex­pensive homes. Predominantly a white community through the 1950s, East Palo Alto soon saw its population shift, as it became one of the few areas where blacks were permitted—though grudgingly—to buy property. Although some white Palo Altans clamored against the break in the color line, real estate agents took advantage of white fears as they brought in busloads of blacks from San Francisco and Oakland interested in buying affordable homes.

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