Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era

Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era by Alison Rose Jefferson 1496201302 9781496201300
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2020 Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award from the Los Angeles City Historical Society

As Southern California was reimagining leisure and positioning it at the center of the American Dream, African American Californians were working to make that leisure an open, inclusive reality. By occupying recreational sites and public spaces, African Americans challenged racial hierarchies and marked a space of Black identity on the regional landscape and social space.

In Living the California Dream Alison Rose Jefferson examines how African Americans pioneered Americas "frontier of leisure" by creating communities and business projects in conjunction with their growing population in Southern California during the nations Jim Crow era. By presenting stories of Southern California African American oceanfront and inland leisure destinations that flourished from 1910 to the 1960s, Jefferson illustrates how these places helped create leisure production, purposes, and societal encounters.

Black communal practices and economic development around leisure helped define the practice and meaning of leisure for the region and the nation, confronted the emergent power politics of recreational space, and set the stage for the sites as places for remembrance of invention and public contest. Living the California Dream presents the overlooked local stories that are foundational to the national narrative of mass movement to open recreational accommodations to all Americans and to the long freedom rights struggle.

Author: Alison Rose Jefferson

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 366

Publisher: NEBRASKA

Publication Date: 2020-01-01


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