A number of geographers and historians have observed that an unusually diverse mix of people populated many Los Angeles neighborhoods prior to World War II. Few scholars, however, have explored how the diversity of these neighborhoods affected the history of Los Angeles and the experiences of its residents. Mark Wild’s Street Meeting departs from earlier studies that have focused on a single ethnic group. Wild explores how African American, immigrant, and working-class Anglo residents negotiated the multiethnic environments in which they lived. He also explains how local elected officials and middle-class social reformers responded to the growing diversity of these neighborhoods.
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