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The second gold rush : Oakland and the East Bay in World War II

Author: Marilynn S Johnson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than any event in the twentieth century World War II marked the coming of age of America's West Coast cities. Almost overnight, new war industries prompted mass urban migration and development, producing social, cultural, and political changes that would persist well beyond 1945. For the San Francisco Bay Area, Marilynn S. Johnson argues, World War II was to the twentieth century what the gold rush was to the
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilynn S Johnson
ISBN: 0520081919 9780520081918
OCLC Number: 27070775
Awards: Western Association of Women Historians Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, 1994.
Description: viii, 302 pages, [18] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Prelude to War --
2. The Second Gold Rush --
3. Wartime Shipyards and the Transformation of Labor --
4. The Making of Migrant Ghettos --
5. Migrant Families and Communities --
6. Boomtowns and the Control of Urban Space --
7. Mobilizing Politics --
8. Boomtown Blues.
Responsibility: Marilynn S. Johnson.
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More than any event in the twentieth century World War II marked the coming of age of America's West Coast cities. Almost overnight, new war industries prompted mass urban migration and development, producing social, cultural, and political changes that would persist well beyond 1945. For the San Francisco Bay Area, Marilynn S. Johnson argues, World War II was to the twentieth century what the gold rush was to the nineteenth.

Focusing on Oakland, Richmond, and other shipyard boomtowns in the East Bay, The Second Gold Rush chronicles the defense buildup, labor migration from the South and Midwest, the development of federal migrant communities, and the social and racial conflicts that pitted newcomers against longtime Bay Area residents. Johnson follows this story into the postwar era, showing how struggles between conservative and liberal forces over employment, housing, and civil rights shaped the urban political landscape into the 1950s and beyond. Tracing the cultural legacy of war migration, she also explains how Southern religion and music became an integral part of Bay Area life.

Urban historians have paid surprisingly little attention to World War II and the social and cultural transformation of wartime cities. In The Second Gold Rush, Johnson places the human drama of the war at center stage, recreating the texture of daily life in the workplace, the home, and the community.

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