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Making Black Los AngelesClass, Gender, and Community, 1850-1917$
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Marne L. Campbell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629278

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629278.001.0001

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Myths and Origins

Myths and Origins

Racial Formation in Los Angeles

(p.14) 1 Myths and Origins
Making Black Los Angeles

Marne L. Campbell

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 1, “Myths and Origins” considers the earliest period of settlement in California (1781 – 1848) and the peculiar role of race during that time. It also examines the ways settlers of Afro-Latino descent affected the lives of African Americans a century later. Most importantly, this chapter explores California as an important landscape for establishing a racial hierarchy not only under Mexican rule, but also after it became United States territory (1848), by examining the ways in which African American settlers and other racial minorities in this early period contributed to defining race on the city’s frontier.

Keywords:   Mexican California, Slavery, Los Angeles, Castas, Afro Latino, Racial Formation

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