By Shana Bernstein
In her first publication, Shana Bernstein reinterprets U.S. civil rights activism by way of taking a look at its roots within the interracial efforts of Mexican, African, Jewish, and jap americans in mid-century l. a.. increasing the body of historic research past black/white and North/South, Bernstein unearths that significant household activism for racial equality endured from the Thirties during the Fifties. She stresses how this coalition-building used to be facilitated through the chilly warfare weather, as activists sought defense and legitimacy during this conservative period. Emphasizing the numerous connections among ethno-racial groups and among the U.S. and global opinion, Bridges of Reform demonstrates the long term function western towns like la performed in shaping American race relatives.
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Whites beat another Japanese man in the same neighborhood when he refused to move. 45 Jews increasingly faced restrictive housing covenants too. To make matters worse for the region’s minority populations, the American government—local, state, and federal—often condoned discrimination against them. Institutionalized discrimination against immigrants, particularly Asians, Latin Americans, and Southern and Eastern Europeans, resulted from a rise in nativism in Los Angeles and around the country in the early twentieth century and became the norm by the 1930s.
The Jewish population almost doubled from 1930 to 1941. 7 Other minority groups in the city remained relatively stable, such as Asian-origin populations, while the Mexican and Mexican-American community declined. The Asian population had largely stagnated in earlier decades because of restrictive immigration legislation, and increased only slightly during the 1930s due to natural population increase. Ongoing restrictive immigration legislation prevented new arrivals. 8 The Depression depleted the Mexican-origin population.
A. alliances were to the mid-century emergence and perseverance of national civil rights struggles—and how pragmatic and interest-based such alliances were. How multiracial activist communities in Los Angeles strategized to achieve a society that would offer greater opportunities for peoples of all races and ethnicities may offer some examples for twenty-first-century Americans living in a multiracial nation that increasingly resembles mid-twentieth-century Los Angeles. As in the earlier period, the challenge for present-day social justice activists is to find common ground among diverse populations with often conflicting needs and demands.