video title: Sacramento History's Rich Nuggets
video link: http://youtu.be/vjya3SxzS6I
video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube August 24, 2012

more info: SacPress.com
duration 7:26 minutes

Sacramento Historian William Burg: Cultural Diversity
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on August 24, 2012

In our second of six interviews record August 23, 2012, William Burg discusses insight on Sacramento's diverse cultural history since the California Gold Rush. He talks about how African-American and Japanese communities grew over the past century. He says generations of immigrants came to Sacramento to find a better way of life. Some of the first few congregations of African-American churches on the West Coast were in Sacramento. In the early 1900s Mexican culture began to expand in town. There were also migrants from Pakistan. Burg says Capitol Mall was known as Japan Town prior to World War II. During the war the African-American population tripled due to migration. The live music scene at that time featured many African-American jazz musicians. Burg, who has written four books on local history, also is involved with putting together local events such as Soca Home Tour 2012 and Norcal Noisefest 2012.

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