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Historians have devoted surprisingly little attention to African American urban history of the postwar period, especially compared with earlier decades. Correcting this imbalance, African American Urban History since World War II features 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 volumes 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 industrys 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 deindustrializations disproportionate impact on women and womens 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.

About the Author

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.

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Kenneth L. Kusmer and Joe W. Trotter


Part 1: The Second Great Migration and the New Immigration


Chapter 1: The Second Great Migration: A Historical Overview

James N. Gregory


Chapter 2: Blacks, Latinos, and the New Racial Frontier in American Cities of Color: Californias Emerging Minority-Majority Cities

Albert M. Camarillo


Chapter 3: The Young Lords and the Postwar City: Notes on the Geographical and Structural Reconfigurations of Contemporary Urban Life

Johanna Fernández


Chapter 4: Great Expectations: African American and Latino Relations in Phoenix since World War II

Matthew C. Whitaker


Chapter 5: Citizens and Workers: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in Philadelphias Regional Economy since World War II

Carmen Teresa Whalen


Part 2: The Second Ghetto and the Suburb


Chapter 6: Realtors and Racism in Working-Class Philadelphia, 1945-1970

David McAllister


Chapter 7: Deadly Inequalities: Race, Illness, and Poverty in Washington, D.C., since 1945

Brett Williams


Chapter 8: “The House I Live In”: Race, Class, and African American Suburban Dreams in the Postwar United States

Andrew Wiese


Part 3: Class, Race, and Politics


Chapter 9: All Across the Nation: Urban Black Activism, North and South, 1965-1975

Heather Ann Thompson


Chapter 10: Harvesting the Crisis: The Newark Uprising, the Kerner Commission, and Writings on Riots

Kevin Mumford


Chapter 11: Affirmative Action from Below: Civil Rights, the Building Trades, and the Politics of Racial Equality in the Urban North, 1945-1969

Thomas J. Sugrue


Chapter 12: “Trouble Wont Last”: Black Church Activism in Postwar Philadelphia

Karl Ellis Johnson


Chapter 13: The Black Professional Middle Class and the Black Community: Racialized Class Formation in Oakland and the East Bay

Eric S. Brown


Part 4: Gender, Class, and Social-Welfare Policy


Chapter 14: Shifting Paradigms of Black Womens Work in the Urban North and West: World War II to the Present

Jacqueline Jones


Chapter 15: “Somethings Wrong Down Here”: Poor Black Women and Urban Struggles for Democracy

Rhonda Y. Williams


Chapter 16: Gendering Postwar Urban History: African American Women, Welfare, and Poverty in Philadelphia

Lisa Levenstein


Part 5: Culture, Consumption, and the Black Community


Chapter 17: African American Consumers since World War II

Robert E. Weems, Jr.


Chapter 18: Black Dollar Power: Assessing African American Consumerism since 1945

Susannah Walker


Chapter 19: Race, Place, and Memory: African American Tourism in the Postindustrial City

Elizabeth Grant


Product Details

Kusmer, Kenneth L.
University of Chicago Press
Kusmer, Kenneth L.; Trotter, Joe W.
Trotter, Joe W.
Trotter, Joe W.
Sociology - Urban
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
United States - 20th Century
United States Ethnic relations.
Racism -- United States.
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
African American Studies-Black Heritage
US History - 20th Century
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Historical Studies of Urban America
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5 line drawings, 16 tables
9.00 x 6.00 in

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