Lecture Description

Although neighborhood segregation is now so common in the United States that it almost seems natural, black and white people lived in close proximity in early American cities. This illustrated talk explores how separate neighborhoods developed. Racial segregation was deliberately organized by the actors in the real estate system: cities through zoning; the Federal government through the FHA, the GI Bill, and the 1949 Housing Act; developers through restrictive covenants; realtors through blockbusting; and banks, chambers of commerce, landlords, and public housing administrators. Segregation was enforced by violence and terror.


African American Urban and Suburban

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