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Traditions from Home

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/9780520215658.003.0006
Traditions from Home

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African American migrants to Richmond came looking for the California dream, which promised economic advancement and greater freedom. Few of them were willing to leave their cultural and social traditions. The traditions were attached to an African and African American southern culture that valued communality, impulsiveness, and individual expression. Traditions from home were offered by the black Richmondites with culturally authorized channels through which they could confront and unravel new urban complexities and contradictions just as they had done in the Jim Crow South. The process of migration and urbanization did not lead to a breakdown of African American main groups or social mores. The black group was persistent and refreshed by cultural resources that gave them access to power, even as the larger society attempted to render it powerless.

Keywords: African Americans; tradition; culture; power

Chapter.  8508 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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