During the second half of the Great Migration, circa 1940s–1970s, many Creole Louisianans migrated to Los Angeles, where they established recreational social clubs like those in New Orleans. This article analyzes the experiences and social functions of the clubs among first and second generations based on personal interviews, revealing the shifting roles and meanings across regions and generations. It enriches our understanding of the Great Migration and the clubs’ roles in fostering migrant adaptation and social cohesion among one element of the Los Angeles Black population.
“We Were Involved with the Club”: Louisiana Creole Social Clubs, Los Angeles, and the Great Migration
Faustina M. DuCros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San José State University. She has published articles in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, The Sociological Quarterly, and Contexts. Her current research interests include race and ethnicity, Black identities, internal migration, and racialized media representations. She is currently working on a project examining Louisiana migration to Northern California during the Great Migration.
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Faustina M. DuCros; “We Were Involved with the Club”: Louisiana Creole Social Clubs, Los Angeles, and the Great Migration. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2019; 101 (4): 396–429. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2019.101.4.396
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