American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Politics and Society in Modern America)

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Politics and Society in Modern America)

Robert O. Self


As the birthplace of the Black Panthers and a national tax insurrection, California embodied a very important motif of the postwar usa: the increase of suburbs and the decline of towns, a method during which black and white histories inextricably joined. American Babylon tells this tale via Oakland and its within reach suburbs, tracing either the historical past of civil rights and black energy politics in addition to the heritage of suburbanization and house owner politics. Robert Self indicates that racial inequities in either New Deal and nice Society liberalism caused neighborhood struggles over land, jobs, taxes, and race inside postwar metropolitan improvement. Black strength and the tax riot developed jointly, in tension.

American Babylon demonstrates that the background of civil rights and black liberation politics in California didn't stick to a southern version, yet represented a long term fight for monetary rights that started in the course of the global battle II years and endured in the course of the upward push of the Black Panthers within the past due Sixties. This fight yielded a wide-ranging and profound critique of postwar metropolitan improvement and its origin of sophistication and racial segregation. Self lines the roots of the 1978 tax rebellion to the Forties, while house owners, genuine property agents, and the government used racial segregation and commercial estate taxes to forge a middle-class way of life founded on estate ownership.

Using the East Bay as a place to begin, Robert Self provides us a richly designated, enticing narrative that uniquely integrates crucial racial liberation struggles and sophistication politics of postwar America.

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