L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present (Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004) read introduction


"Straight Into Compton: American Dreams and Urban Nightmares in a Southern California Suburb," American Quarterly 56.3 (2004) 583-605. full text

“Excavating the Postwar Sex District in San Francisco ,” Journal of Urban History (forthcoming)

"A Simple Quest for Dignity: African American L.A. Since World War II." in City of Promise: Race and Historical Change in Los Angeles (forthcoming)

"Corporate Retailers and the American Ghetto: A Perspective from L.A," The Next American City 9 (Fall 2005)

“‘You Understand My Condition:' The Civil Rights Congress in the Los Angeles African American Community, 1946-1952,” Pacific Historical Review 67 (May 1998): 233-257.

“Rethinking Black Migration: A Perspective From the West,” in Scott E. Casper, ed. , Moving Stories: Migration and the American West, 1850-2000 ( Reno : University of Nevada Press, 2001): 185-211.

“Battle on the Home Front: African American Shipyard Workers in World War II Los Angeles ,” California History (Fall 1996): 250-263.

Book Reviews:

Judith Stein, Running Steel, Running America: Race, Economic Policy, and the Decline of Liberalism (Univeristy of North Carolina, 1998) in Law and History Review, v. 18, n. 3, Fall 2000: 712.

Eric Arneson , Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (Harvard University Press, 2001) in Labor History , v. 43, n. 2 (May 2002)

Lawrence B. De Graaf , Kevin Mulroy , and Quintard Taylor, eds. Seeking El Dorado : African Americans in California (University of Washington, 2001) on Humanities-Net , October, 2001

Tom Sitton and William Deverell, eds. Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s (University of California Press, 2001) in Pacific Historical Review 71 (November 2002): 690-691.

James Thomas Keane, Fritz B. Burns and the Development of Los Angeles (Historical Society of Southern California, 2001) in Pacific Historical Review 72 (May 2003): 312-313.

Clark Davis and David Igler , eds . The Human Tradition in California in Southern California Quarterly 85 (4): 481-482

Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton University Press, 2003) in Urban History (forthcoming)

Douglas Flamming, Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) in Southern California Quarterly (forthcoming)