Analysis Of George J. Sanchez 's What 's Good For Boyle Heights

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The post-war years in California also led to a mass migration of people into the state. As many people were coming to the state the demand for housing increased. As a result, many suburban areas were developed across the state (Textbook, 489). However, not all people who came to California, or who were already living in the state, experienced the same opportunities as others. During the post-war years, African-Americans experienced hostile attitudes from white Californians. In George J. Sánchez’s What’s Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews, he states, “As agricultural land was turned into single-family tract housing, racially restrictive convents continued to operate, but these new restrictions explicitly limited buyers to those of the ‘Caucasian race’ ”( Sánchez, 638). The housing market excluded African-American and other minorities from purchasing homes near white Americans. Many real estate agents, property owners, and lending companies practiced racial segregation in the housing field. An African-American World War II veteran named Julius Blue was trying to purchase his first home in Van Nuys; however, the promoters of the development refused to show the man and his wife the floor plans and told them they could not buy a home because of the color of their skin (Sánchez, 638-639). There were no opportunities for African-Americans to advance themselves and move up in society because of the racist views throughout California.
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