Abu-Lughod, Janet L.

Race, space, and riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles / Janet L. Abu-lughod. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007. - xiv, 344 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-329) and index.

An overview of race riots in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles -- The bloody riot of 1919 and its consequences -- The black uprising after King's assassination in 1968 -- The Harlem revolts of 1935 and 1943 -- The Harlem-Bedford Stuyvesant uprising of 1964 -- The Watts rebellion of 1965 : the beginning or the end? -- Riot redux : South Central, 1992 -- Explaining differences, predicting convergence?

"This study is the first attempt to compare six major race riots that occurred in the three largest American urban areas during the course of the twentieth century: in Chicago in 1919 and 1968; in New York in 1935/1943 and 1964; and in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992. Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles weaves together detailed narratives of each riot, placing them in their changing historical contexts and showing how urban space, political regimes, and economic conditions - not simply an abstract "race conflict" - have structured the nature and extent of urban rebellions. Building on her previous comparative history of these three cities, Janet Abu-Lughod draws upon archival research, primary sources, case studies, and personal observations to reconstruct events - especially for the 1964 Harlem-Bedford Stuyvesant uprising and Chicago's 1968 riots where no documented studies are available. By focusing on the similarities and differences in each city, identifying the unique and persisting issues, and evaluating the ways political leaders, law enforcement, and the local political culture have either defused or exacerbated urban violence, this book points the way toward alleviating long-standing ethnic and racial tensions." "Race, Space, and Riots In Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles offers a deeper understanding of past - and future - urban race relations while emphasizing that until persistent racial and economic inequalities are meaningfully resolved, the tensions leading to racial violence will continue to exist in America's cities and betray our professed democratic values."--BOOK JACKET.

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Race riots--History--United States--20th century.
African Americans--Social conditions--20th century.

United States--Race relations.

HV6477 / .A38 2007