The automobile-inspired sprawl of Los Angeles has fascinated historians and other social scientists. Few scholars outside Southern California, however, have realized that patterns of race relations in Los Angeles are of national significance. This book, along with Mike Davis's City of Quartz (1990), should cause historians to reexamine some of their assumptions about racial politics in U.S. cities. Politics in Black and White is a valuable and important study of race and politics in Los Angeles during the last three decades. It argues that several groups of citizens were largely excluded from city politics because Los Angeles was a western city without a strong political machine.
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