Over the past twenty years a number of historians have attempted to explain why an African American “underclass” emerged in many U.S. cities after World War II. Most historians agree that racial discrimination in housing and employment and employers’ decisions to relocate factories to suburbs, other regions, and other countries left large numbers of African Americans trapped in increasingly impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods near the centers of these cities. The studies of “the urban crisis,” however, have focused primarily on northeastern cities. Josh Sides argues that an examination of the experiences of African Americans in Los Angeles will change historians’ understanding of this crisis.
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