Seeking El Dorado

Seeking El Dorado

African Americans in California

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
The author of In Search of the Racial Frontier examines the African-American migration to California, documenting the institutions, organizations, and cultural contributions made by blacks in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Simultaneous.

Univ of Washington Pr

From the 18th century, African Americans, like many others, have migrated to California to seek fortunes or, often, the more modest goals of being able to find work, own a home, and raise a family relatively free of discrimination. Not only their search but also its outcome is covered in Seeking El Dorado. Whether they settled in major cities or smaller towns, African Americans created institutions and organizations—churches, social clubs, literary societies, fraternal orders, civil rights organizations—that embodied the legacy of their past and the values they shared. Blacks came in search of the same jobs as other Americans, but the search often proved frustrating. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, African American leadership in the state consistently focused on achieving racial justice. The essays in this book speak of triumph and hardship, success, discrimination, and disappointment.

Seeking El Dorado is a major contribution to black history and the history of the American West and will be of interest to both scholars and general readers.

Book News
Since the 18th century, African Americans, like many others, have flocked to California to seek wild fortunes or simply better lives. The essays in this book examine many aspects of their migration, from the reasons many blacks made the move, to the communities they found and formed when they got there. The book also discusses their effects on music, politics, and interracial cooperation in Los Angeles in World War II. Less hopeful moments are also discussed, including urban poverty since 1945 and riots and revolutions in 1965 and 1992. Scholarly, but written to be accessible. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Los Angeles : Autry Museum of Western Heritage ; Seattle : University of Seattle Press, ©2001.
ISBN: 9780295980836
Characteristics: xiii, 537 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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