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L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 12th 2006 by University of California Press (first published December 28th 2003)
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Yvonne Ellett
Jul 09, 2011 Yvonne Ellett rated it really liked it
A MUST READ FOR ALL LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS


I didn't read this book for a class. I read it because I'm a born/raised Los Angeles resident who is interested in all things Los Angeles.

What I found was a compelling history of the native and transplanted


African-American population of my city. It dispelled a lot of the myth I'd grown up hearing (from both Whites and Blacks). It put some of what I'd witnessed as a child through adulthood into context. "L.A. City Limits..." made it clear that L.A. is not
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Andrea
Jul 18, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
A very solidly researched history, one of the first to highlight the fact that there was not one typical African American urban experience, and the ways in which the L.A. experience (without any of the superlative claims of the 'LA School' -- with which it doesn't interact really) differed from those considered more typical, drawn from studies of New York, Chicago, and Detroit. He argues that
The pursuit or equality and opportunity in Los Angeles has been shaped by at least three distinctive fea
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Carlos
Jun 04, 2010 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sides offers an excellent survey of African American Los Angeles, but his coverage begins to suffer in the late 70's. Although the book's title promises analysis to the present, 1980 to the present is put into a short epilogue. The book is very clear to point out its focus will not be on African American culture, isntead given its size and scope it focuses on issues important to the African American experience such as Housing, Jobs, and Civil Rights.
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Nov 25, 2013 Lawrence rated it really liked it
This is a great resource about the history of black LA.
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Josh Sides is a Professor of History and Director for the Center for Southern California Studies at the California State University Northridge.
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