In 1964 an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965 the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass--embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South--is the story told for the first time in this history of modern black Los Angeles.
Publisher:Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
"The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-277) and index.
Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 African Americans in Prewar Los Angeles; 2 The Great Migration and the Changing Face of Los Angeles; 3 The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Industrial Los Angeles, 1941- 1964; 4 Race and Housing in Postwar Los Angeles; 5 Building the Civil Rights Movement in Los Angeles; 6 Black Community Transformation in the 1960s and 1970s; Epilogue; Maps: The Historical Geography of African American Los Angeles; Notes; Bibliography; Index.