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Richmond before the War

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/9780520215658.003.0002
Richmond before the War

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Ever since Richmond was founded, African Americans had resided in there and been part of the city's industrial life. These people in Richmond numbered just 29 out of 6,802 in 1910, but with the coming of the Kaiser shipyards, the black population increased radically. In 1894, through the coming of the Mexicans, Richmond's city-building period began in earnest, as American land developers won legal title to large portions of Mexican land grants and set out to convert the region's small agricultural outpost into blocks of neat city lots on subdivision maps. The largest group of Richmond's residents was a “class of high grade workers and specialized mechanics” who sold their services to the city's factories, industries, and waterfront business.

Keywords: Richmond; land; Mexicans; African Americans; Kaiser

Chapter.  13020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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