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The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America (Hardcover)

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Los Angeles has attracted intense attention as a "world city" characterized by multiculturalism and globalization. Yet, little is known about the historical transformation of a place whose leaders proudly proclaimed themselves white supremacists less than a century ago. In The Shifting Grounds of Race, Scott Kurashige highlights the role African Americans and Japanese Americans played in the social and political struggles that remade twentieth-century Los Angeles.

Linking paradigmatic events like Japanese American internment and the Black civil rights movement, Kurashige transcends the usual "black/white" dichotomy to explore the multiethnic dimensions of segregation and integration. Racism and sprawl shaped the dominant image of Los Angeles as a "white city." But they simultaneously fostered a shared oppositional consciousness among Black and Japanese Americans living as neighbors within diverse urban communities.

Kurashige demonstrates why African Americans and Japanese Americans joined forces in the battle against discrimination and why the trajectories of the two groups diverged. Connecting local developments to national and international concerns, he reveals how critical shifts in postwar politics were shaped by a multiracial discourse that promoted the acceptance of Japanese Americans as a "model minority" while binding African Americans to the social ills underlying the 1965 Watts Rebellion. Multicultural Los Angeles ultimately encompassed both the new prosperity arising from transpacific commerce and the enduring problem of race and class divisions.

This extraordinarily ambitious book adds new depth and complexity to our understanding of the "urban crisis" and offers a window into America's multiethnic future.

Synopsis:

"Scott Kurashige shifts the urban history paradigm in this brilliantly triangulated account of African American and Japanese American resistance to white racism in Los Angeles."--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians

"Long in historical reach, this compelling study displays a sure grasp of Asian American and African American urban histories as well as an ability to locate race in urban space, mapping political and economic inequalities in all of their human dimensions. It succeeds mightily at capturing possibility and tragedy in Los Angeles history."--David Roediger, University of Illinois

"By offering a comparative and relational history of African Americans and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles and their respective struggles against racial segregation, Scott Kurashige extends our historical knowledge about race relations and civil rights to the West. Indeed, he shows just how many of the multiracial questions that vex us today were prefigured in Los Angeles in the early and middle twentieth century."--Mae Ngai, author of Impossible Subjects

About the Author

Scott Kurashige is associate professor of history, American culture, and Asian/Pacific Islander American studies at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Constructing the Segregated City 13

Chapter 2: Home Improvement 36

Chapter 3: Racial Progress and Class Formation 64

Chapter 4: In the Shadow of War 91

Chapter 5: Japanese American Internment 108

Chapter 6: The "Negro Victory" Movement 132

Chapter 7: Bronzeville and Little Tokyo 158

Chapter 8: Toward a Model Minority 186

Chapter 9: Black Containment 205

Chapter 10: The Fight for Housing Integration 234

Chapter 11: From Integration to Multiculturalism 259

Conclusion 286

Abbreviations 295

Notes 297

Acknowledgments 331

Index 333

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691126395
Subtitle:
Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles
Author:
Kurashige, Scott
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Minority Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
History
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Social conditions.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones. 3 tables.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 368 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691126395 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Scott Kurashige shifts the urban history paradigm in this brilliantly triangulated account of African American and Japanese American resistance to white racism in Los Angeles."--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians

"Long in historical reach, this compelling study displays a sure grasp of Asian American and African American urban histories as well as an ability to locate race in urban space, mapping political and economic inequalities in all of their human dimensions. It succeeds mightily at capturing possibility and tragedy in Los Angeles history."--David Roediger, University of Illinois

"By offering a comparative and relational history of African Americans and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles and their respective struggles against racial segregation, Scott Kurashige extends our historical knowledge about race relations and civil rights to the West. Indeed, he shows just how many of the multiracial questions that vex us today were prefigured in Los Angeles in the early and middle twentieth century."--Mae Ngai, author of Impossible Subjects

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