Racial Segregation Before and After the 1960s: The Case of Washtenaw County, Michigan

In suburban landscape in which the politics of racial exclusion was predominant, segregationist housing practices in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor served simultaneously to "include" the two city's small African-American communities and to maintain rigid racial hierarchies.

Lecture Description

This lecture examines the organization of residential segregation in the small industrial city of Ypsilanti, MI and its larger neighbor, Ann Arbor in the early 20th century and the subsequent reorganization of structures of racial inequality in the two cities in the decades after the civil rights victories of the 1960s. Specifically, this lectures argues that segregation has been a feature, rather than a bug, of these communities’ liberalism throughout their history.


Civil Rights Post-1945

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Matthew J. Countryman

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