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Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954 Paperback – April 26, 1993

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (April 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070060684X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700606849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on African American history in the Bay Area and the West." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Indispensable to our understanding of San Francisco history." -- Nevada Historical Society Quarterly

"Offers lessons for historians of other western cities." -- Journal of Arizona History

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"This book offers two important additions to the literature on civil rights issues. First, it is one of the few treatments of that topic in the twentieth-century West.Second, it especially deals with civil rights as an activity during and immediately after World War II. Too many works on this topic assume a Southern framework and suggest a virtual dearth of civil rights activity until the Brown case in 1954, thus ignoring the quiet but not insignificant activities in Northern and Western cities during the 1940s and 50s."--Lawrence B de Graaf, author of "California Blacks" in A Guide to the History of California

"A significant addition to the important new scholarship on black community building prior to the modern civil rights movement. This insightful study demolishes the myth of white liberal progressivism in the city by the bay."--Darlene Clark Hine, author of The State of Afro-American History: Past, Present, and Future

"Poses a major challenge to most of our theoretical assumptions concerning African American urban community development. A stellar example of the nexus of urban, western, and African American history."--Quintard Taylor, University of Oregon

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Arms Simon on April 18, 2009
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The book could have taken one more spin through the editing cycle, the author seems to repeat himself often, but the information is excellent and the research is thorougy.
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