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Mean Streets

Chicago Youths and the Everyday Struggle for Empowerment in the Multiracial City, 1908-1969



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Mean Streets: Chicago Youths and the Everyday Struggle for Empowerment in the Multiracial City, 1908-1969 by Andrew J. Diamond
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"Mean Streets" focuses on the streets, parks, schools, and commercial venues of Chicago from the era of the 1919 race riot to the civil rights battles of the 1960s to cast a new light on street gangs and to place youths at the center of the twentieth-century American experience. Andrew J. Diamond breaks new ground by showing that teens and young adults stood at the vanguard of grassroots mobilizations in working-class Chicago, playing key roles in the formation of racial identities as they defended neighborhood boundaries. Drawing from a wide range of sources to capture the experiences of young Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, African Americans, Italians, Poles, and others in the multiracial city, Diamond argues that Chicago youths gained a sense of themselves in opposition to others.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Acknowledgments Maps Introduction: Bringing Youths into the Frame 1. The Generation of 1919 2. Between School and Work in the Interwar Years 3. Hoodlums and Zoot-Suiters: Fear, Youth, and Militancy during Wartime 4. Angry Young Men: Race, Class, and Masculinity in the Postwar Years 5. Teenage Terrorism, Fighting Gangs, and Collective Action in the Era of Civil Rights 6. Youth and Power Epilogue: Somewhere over the Rainbow Notes Index

Author Biography

Andrew J. Diamond is Associate Professor of American History and Civilization at the Universite Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3 in France.
Release date Australia
June 10th, 2009
Country of Publication
United States
13 b/w photographs, 3 maps
University of California Press
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