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The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II - Marilynn S. Johnson - Google Книги
University of California Pr Bolero Ozon. The Second Gold Rush: Focusing on Oakland, Richmond, and other East Bay shipyard boomtowns, Johnson chronicles the defense buildup, labor migration from the South and Midwest, housing issues, and social and racial conflicts that pitted newcomers against longtime Bay Area residents. She follows this story into the postwar era, when struggles over employment, housing, and civil rights shaped the urban political landscape for the s and beyond.
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She also traces the cultural legacy of war migration and shows how Southern religion and music became an integral part of Bay Area culture. Johnson's sources are wide-ranging and include shipyard records, labor histories, police reports, and interviews. There were also a large contingent of whites from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas as well as elsewhere. While the East Bay had plenty of jobs, they didn't have enough housing and culturally the East Bay wasn't terribly welcoming to the new workers.
The second gold rush : Oakland and the East Bay in World War II
The media propagated a phony crime scare and the police cracked down with raids and curfews aimed at keeping the new arrivals in line. But the real crime was after the war when African American migrant were stuck in temporary wartime housing and provided no public alternatives and were then forced into slums. The suburbs were off limits as is suggested by the story of the Garys, an African American family that bought a house in a white section of San Pablo.
On moving day in they were greeted by of their white neighbors jeering, calling them names, burning a cross on the lawn and throwing a brick through their window.
While the Gary's courageously remained in their home, few African Americans followed their lead and who can blame them. This is an academic treatise and yet it is readable.
Johnson sticks closely to the facts which makes her book highly credible but she doesn't use her research for deep insight or to take a risk on a theory or observation. Robert Self's history of Postwar Oakland covers similar ground and is much more insightful. This book brought home some facts about the explosive growth that occured in the East Bay as a result of World War II, especially in Richmond. It also helps explain a lot of the migration and subsequent types of job creation that are still with us today as a result.
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