The shifting grounds of race : black and Japanese Americans by Scott Kurashige

By Scott Kurashige

Scott Kurashige highlights the position African americans and eastern american citizens performed within the social and political struggles that remade twentieth century Los Angeles.

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Garrott prevailed in both superior court and the court of appeals. But whereas the lower court recognized Garrott's right 28 • Chapter 1 to purchase the house and equal protection under the Constitution, the appeals court recognized only the right of white owners to dispense with their property as they chose. " In essence, the court interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to mean that all persons had the right to be discriminated against equally! Garrott prevailed only because the appeals court agreed with the lower court's invocation of medieval common law upholding the seller's rights with the same logic Parliament had used to free land tenure from feudal kingdoms.

Asians 1940 One dot = 25 persons Outline = City of LA 5 ----KM ----------Ml . . • .. • • . •.. •· . • . • •• . .. . . • • • . . . • .. • I .... MapE)Philip Ethington2005 Fig. 2. Map of Asian residences, 1940. Larger clusters represent Japanese communities in Little Tokyo/Central Avenue (center of map) and Boyle Heights (to the east). Smaller clusters of Japanese can be seen in the Westside; truck farmers occupy outlying areas.

The parochial charm of suburban Los Angeles offered a middle ground between the drudgery of agriculture and the vices of urban centers like Chicago. Boosterist outreach often began with marketing by the All-Year Club, which profusely produced publicly subsidized measures to attract tourism. Hundreds of thousands of tourists enjoyed extended stays in Southern California and returned to paint sunny pictures of the region in towns throughout the Midwest. Though the 26 • Chapter 1 greatest share of migrants were born in Illinois, many came by way of Iowa.

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