Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Bradley’s Dramatic Battle for Los Angeles City Hall, 1969

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In 1969, four years after the Watts Riot, in a nation torn apart by political turmoil, in a conservative city with an overwhelmingly white population, African American Tom Bradley set out to do the impossible - run for mayor of Los Angeles. Incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty fights back with a campaign fueled by racism and redbaiting, in one of the meanest, roughest campaigns in modern American history.

Aired: 02/01/16

Rating: TV-PG

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