Master of Arts in History
First Committee Member
Todd E. Robinson, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Eugene P. Moehring
Graduate Faculty Representative
Christie D. Batson
Number of Pages
Multiform segregation in the context of the urban crises was a complex socio-historical phenomenon. The primary focus of this study addresses racial segregation in at least three basic societal areas: housing, employment, and education. Through the spatial separation of multiple ethnoracial groups such as African Americans and Mexican Americans, multiform segregation precipitated the urban crises. In the 50-year period this study covers, Las Vegas and Los Angeles sustained a two-tiered class system according to the prevailing racial attitudes of each city's business elite. As a resort city, Las Vegas could not endure ethnoracial tensions while Los Angeles' industrial base provided the city with the socio-political capital necessary to withstand rioting. Research materials include oral interviews, newspaper articles, governmental reports, and scholarly manuscripts. The main conclusion of this study reveals that multiform segregation was a citywide process marked by crises such as housing shortages, labor disturbances, race riots, and underperforming schools.
Blacks — Segregation; California – Los Angeles; Discrimination in education; Discrimination in employment; Mexican Americans — Segregation; Nevada – Las Vegas; Slums
African American Studies | History | Social History | United States History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
FitzGerald, Colin M., "Multiform segregation in the context of the urban crises in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, 1930 - 1980" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 840.
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