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Street Meeting: Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

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Immigrant neighborhoods of the early twentieth century have commonly been viewed as segregated, homogeneous slums isolated from the larger "American" city. But as Mark Wild demonstrates in this new study of Los Angeles, such districts often nurtured dynamic, diverse environments where residents interacted with individuals of other races and cultures. In fact, as his engaging account makes clear, between 1900 and 1940 such multiethnic areas mushroomed in Los Angeles. Street Meeting, enriched with oral histories, reminiscences, newspaper reports, and other sources, examines interactions among working-class Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Italians, African Americans, and others, reminding us that Los Angeles has been a multiethnic city since its birth. This study further argues that these ethnic interactions played a crucial role in the urban development of the United States during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

"This insightful analysis of ethnoracial contact and social networks among immigrants and racial groups in the central districts of Los Angeles is the product of new thinking. Wildís conclusions are fresh and sound."—Tom Sitton, coeditor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s

"This stimulating and exciting book is a work of synthesis that draws on dozens of previous theses and studies, as well as reminiscences, oral histories, testimony, and other first-person accounts. The result is an original and persuasive interpretation of the West's most important city."—Carl Abbott, author of The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West

About the Author

Mark Wild is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Familiarity of “Foreign Quarters”: The Central Los Angeles Populace in the Early Twentieth Century

2. Building the White Spot of America: The Corporate Reconstruction of Ethnoracial Los Angeles

3. The Church of All Nations and the Quest for “Indigenous Immigrant Communities”

4. “So Many Children at Once and So Many Kinds”: The World of Central City Children

5. Mixed Couples: Love, Sex, and Marriage across Ethnoracial Lines

6. Preaching to Mixed Crowds: Ethnoracial Coalitions and the Political Culture of Street Speaking

7. The Streets Run Red: The Communist Party and the Resurgence of Coalition Street Politics

Conclusion. From Central Neighborhood to Inner City: The Triumph of Corporate Liberal Urbanization

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240834
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Wild, H. Mark
Author:
Wild, Mark
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Ethnic neighborhoods - California -
Subject:
United States - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w photographs, 4 maps, 6 tables
Pages:
309
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1.04 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » Los Angeles
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Paleontology

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"This insightful analysis of ethnoracial contact and social networks among immigrants and racial groups in the central districts of Los Angeles is the product of new thinking. Wildís conclusions are fresh and sound."—Tom Sitton, coeditor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s

"This stimulating and exciting book is a work of synthesis that draws on dozens of previous theses and studies, as well as reminiscences, oral histories, testimony, and other first-person accounts. The result is an original and persuasive interpretation of the West's most important city."—Carl Abbott, author of The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West

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