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Leisure's Race, Power and Place : The Recreation and Remembrance of African Americans in the California Dream

Author:
Jefferson, Alison R.
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. History
Degree Supervisor:
Randy Bergstrom
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
African American studies, American history, and Black studies
Keywords:
African Americans––American West
African Americans––Community Studies
American West––History
Historic Preservation––United States
Community Studies––United States
Heritage Conservation––United States
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

In this dissertation I examine how African Americans pioneered leisure in America's "frontier of leisure" through their attempts to create communities and business projects, as Southern California's black population grew during the nation's Jim Crow era. With leisure's reimagining into the center of the American Dream, black Californians worked to make leisure an open, inclusive, reality for all. They made California and American history by challenging racial hierarchies when they occupied recreational sites and public spaces at the core of the state's formative, mid-twentieth century identity. Their struggle over these sites, helped define the practice and meaning of leisure, confronted the emergent power politics of leisure space, and set the stage for them as places for remembrance of invention and public contest. In reconsidering the formation of California's leisure frontier, my research joins and complicates analysis by historians demonstrating how the struggle for leisure and public space also reshaped the long civil rights movement. Val Verde, Santa Monica's Bay Street Beach/Inkwell, Manhattan Beach's Bruce's Beach, Lake Elsinore and the Parkridge Country Club in addition to the Pacific Beach Club in Huntington Beach and other sites. I document the history and public memory of the sites, which includes a heritage conservation component.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (567 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3s75fvt
ISBN:
9781339472249
Catalog System Number:
990046179800203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Alison Jefferson
File Description
Access: Public access
Jefferson_ucsb_0035D_12847.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)