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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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The Development of the Underclass

The Development of the Underclass

(p.109) 4 The Development of the Underclass
Making Black Los Angeles

Marne L. Campbell

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 4, “The Development of the Underclass,” contextualizes the history of race in Los Angeles within the history of the American West (1870 – 1900). It explores how local white Angelenos combated notions of criminality and attempted to portray Los Angeles as atypical compared to other western American centers, hoping to pin its social ills on the small racialized communities (black Latino/a, and Chinese) that they were actively trying to segregate and minimize. It also explores California’s legal history, and examines the impact of federal, state, and local legislation on the communities of racialized minorities, particularly African American, Native American, and Chinese people. This chapter also examines the role of the local media in shaping mainstream attitudes towards local people of color.

Keywords:   Crime, Chinese Massacre (1871), American West, Native Americans in California, Chinese Exclusion

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