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Block by Block Neighborhoods and Public Policy on Chicago's West Side

ISBN-10: 0226746658
ISBN-13: 9780226746654
Edition: 2005
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Description: In the decades following World War II, cities across the United States saw an influx of African American families into otherwise homogeneously white areas. This racial transformation of urban neighborhoods led many whites to migrate to the suburbs,  More...

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List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In the decades following World War II, cities across the United States saw an influx of African American families into otherwise homogeneously white areas. This racial transformation of urban neighborhoods led many whites to migrate to the suburbs, producing the phenomenon commonly known as white flight. In "Block by Block, Amanda I. Seligman draws on the surprisingly understudied West Side communities of Chicago to shed new light on this story of postwar urban America. Seligman's study reveals that the responses of white West Siders to racial changes occurring in their neighborhoods were both multifaceted and extensive. She shows that, despite rehabilitation efforts, deterioration in these areas began long before the color of their inhabitants changed from white to black. And ultimately, the riots that erupted on Chicago's West Side and across the country in the mid-1960s stemmed not only from the tribulations specific to blacks in urban centers but also from the legacy of accumulated neglect after decades of white occupancy. Seligman's careful and evenhanded account will be essential to understanding that the "flight" of whites to the suburbs was the eventual result of a series of responses to transformations in Chicago's physical and social landscape, occurring one block at a time.

Acknowledgments
Acronyms in Text
Introduction: Block by Block
Chicago's West Side
Housing Codes
Conservation and Urban Renewal
A Chicago Campus for the University of Illinois
Public Schools
Blockbusting
Keeping African Americans Out
Keeping Whites In
Epilogue: Reconsidering White Flight
Acronyms in notes
Archival Collections
Notes
Index

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