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Boomtown

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/9780520215658.003.0004
Boomtown

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Richmond was affected by the war boom like no other town in the United States. For African Americans, the boom held out the promise of advancement but also emphasized their weak position in the city's economic, political, and social structures, as Richmond imposed more severe restrictions on black people. The black Richmondites set up new institutions such as the United Negroes of America (UNA) and the NAACP to fight Jim Crow in housing and the workplace. Going back to the war boom, it damaged city resources to breaking point. Prewar whites resented the newcomers of all races who crowded downtown streets and stores. The old residents accused the newcomers of destroying their neighborhoods and altering established customs.

Keywords: Richmond; black people; residents; war boom; UNA; NAACP

Chapter.  9260 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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