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Shipyards and Shipbuilders

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/9780520215658.003.0003
Shipyards and Shipbuilders

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The arrival of the Kaiser shipyards was the cause and symbol of the war in Richmond, as well as the catalyst that changed the city, and seemed to realize the founder's dreams of industrial supremacy. The president of the Parr-Richmond Terminal Corporation convinced Henry J. Kaiser to bring his federal contract to build British merchant ships to Richmond Harbor, California's second largest port. Shipyard work presented African Americans with an economic shift upward, which placed them at the center and at times as the precursor of Richmond's economic, industrial, and social transformation. The Kaiser yard proved to be a mixed blessing, worsened the conflict between small-townism and industrialism, increased racial tension, and thrust African Americans into the spotlight. The shipyards provided the industrial economic base the city had sought since 1905.

Keywords: Kaiser shipyard; Richmond; city; Henry J. Kaiser; African American

Chapter.  13105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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