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Cypress/West Oakland Historical Archaeology Project

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~ Chapter 10 Detail ~

mid-1960s artifacts

One of West Oakland’s stories is the development, florescence, and decline of a Black middle class. Born of the industrial development of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this numerically dominant, sophisticated, and influential group was hard hit by the post-World War II decline in skilled industrial jobs. By the 1960s, the neighborhood had been decimated by unemployment and the government policy of urban redevelopment. The theme of Chapter 10 is neighborhood change and continuity over one century as seen through the material culture of the people who lived there. This collection of mid-1960s artifacts, recovered from the “dumping ground,” provides a unique opportunity to explore this theme.

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