TitleEnvisioning progressive communities
NameHampson Eget, Patricia Louise (author), Isenberg, Alison E. (chair), Hewitt, Nancy (internal member), Murch, Donna (internal member), Wiese, Andrew (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Women political activists--New Jersey--Montclair--History--20th century,
Women political activists--California--Berkeley--History--20th century,
Race discrimination--New Jersey--Montclair--History--20th century,
Race discrimination--California--Berkeley--History--20th century,
New Jersey--Montclair--Race relations,
DescriptionThis dissertation examines women’s role in racial politics and metropolitan development in Montclair, New Jersey and Berkeley, California between 1920 and 1970. It employs a variety of primary sources including oral history interviews, organization records, personal records, U.S. census data, newspaper articles, memoirs, and minutes from city council and board of education meetings. The dissertation finds that women transformed Montclair and Berkeley from racially segregated into politically liberal communities that residents declared provided models of racial integration as they worked to implement their community visions. Moreover, women’s community investment forestalled the possibility of white flight, ensuring that Berkeley and Montclair remained multi-racial and differentiating Berkeley and Montclair’s racial politics from those of large cities or racially homogeneous suburbs.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Patricia Louise Hampson Eget
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.