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Introduction

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore

in To Place Our Deeds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215658
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215658.003.0001
Introduction

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A blackwater on the San Francisco Bay in Northern California named Richmond was transformed into the typical war boomtown when Henry J. Kaiser and other defense contractors located four shipyards and numerous war industries there in 1940. Even though the war was the essential part of the story of Richmond's transformation, the history of African Americans there started before World War II, which brought many black people to the west. The content of this book examines the history of the African American community in Richmond during the critical transitional years of the first half of the twentieth century. It places the activities of black working-class men and women, observed by some peasants who were spatially and intellectually isolated from larger social currents, at the center of the nation's most profound events.

Keywords: African Americans; black people; Richmond; Northern California; intellectually isolated

Chapter.  2208 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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