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My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965
by Becky M. Nicolaides
University of Chicago Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-226-58300-6 | Paper: 978-0-226-58301-3

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the 1920s, thousands of white migrants settled in the Los Angeles suburb of South Gate. Six miles from downtown and adjacent to Watts, South Gate and its neighboring communities served as L.A.'s Detroit, an industrial belt for mass production of cars, tires, steel, and other durable goods. Blue-collar workers built the suburb literally from the ground up, using sweat equity rather than cash to construct their own homes.

As Becky M. Nicolaides shows in My Blue Heaven, this ethic of self-reliance and homeownership formed the core of South Gate's identity. With post-World War II economic prosperity, the community's emphasis shifted from building homes to protecting them as residents tried to maintain their standard of living against outside threats—including the growing civil rights movement—through grassroots conservative politics based on an ideal of white homeowner rights. As the citizens of South Gate struggled to defend their segregated American Dream of suburban community, they fanned the flames of racial inequality that erupted in the 1965 Watts riots.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Becky M. Nicolaides is an associate professor of history and urban studies and planning at the University of California, San Diego.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    List of Illustrations
    List of Tables
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Part I. The Quest for Independence, 1920-1940
    1. Building Independence in Suburbia
    2. Peopling the Suburb
    3. The Texture of Everyday Life
    4. The Politics of Independence
    Part II. Closing Ranks, 1940-1965
    5. "A Beautiful Place"
    6. The Suburban Good Life Arrives
    7. The Racializing of Local Politics
    Epilogue
    Acronyms for Collections and Archives
    Notes
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