Dissertation Information for Marne Lyn Campbell
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Title: Heaven's ghetto? African Americans and race in Los Angeles, 1850--1917
Abstract: This study is a social history of African American community formation, cultural expression, and internal as well as external political, social, and economic relations in Los Angeles from the era of Reconstruction through the First World War. It begins with a history of the founding families of Los Angeles (since more than half of them were of African descent), and then moves on to discuss the creation and community experiences of two principal classes, the property-holding social elite, and those of meager circumstances. This research employs social history and community history as the primary methodologies to evaluate sources for this dissertation. Building on the work of Quintard Taylor (1998), Lawrence B. de Graaf, et al. (2001), and Douglas Flamming (2005), and primary sources, this dissertation demonstrates the ways in which Anglo Americans marginalized blacks and other people of color in Los Angeles and the American West.
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