Race and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta

ISBN-10: 0807848980

ISBN-13: 9780807848982

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Reprint)

Authors: Ronald H. Bayor
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Description: Atlanta is often cited as a prime example of a progressive New South metropolis in which blacks and whites have forged "a city too busy to hate." But Ronald Bayor argues that the city continues to bear the indelible mark of racial bias. Offering the first comprehensive history of Atlanta race relations, he discusses the impact of race on the physical and institutional development of the city from the end of the Civil War through the mayorship of Andrew Young in the 1980s. Bayor shows the extent of inequality, investigates the gap between rhetoric and reality, and presents a fresh analysis of the legacy of segregation and race relations for the American urban environment. Bayor explores frequently ignored public policy issues through the lens of raceincluding hospital care, highway placement and development, police and fire services, schools, and park use, as well as housing patterns and employment. He finds that racial concerns profoundly shaped Atlanta, as they did other American cities. Drawing on oral interviews and written records, Bayor traces how Atlanta's black leaders and their community have responded to the impact of race on local urban development. By bringing long-term urban development into a discussion of race, Bayor provides an element missing in usual analyses of cities and race relations.

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List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 8/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Ronald H. Bayor is professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology and editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History. His books include Neighbors in Conflict: The Irish, Germans, Jews, and Italians of New York City, 1929-1941 and Fiorello La Guardia: Ethnicity and Reform.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Racial Setting
A Voteless People Is a Helpless People: Politics and Race
City Building and Racial Patterns
Race, Jobs, and Atlanta's Economy
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Urban Services and Race
Overview
"Our Children Have No Place to Play"
"Against the Public Interest": Race and Black Health Care
The Shaping of Atlanta's Police and Fire Services
Seating and Service: Mass Transit and Race
Separate and Unequal: Atlanta's Public Schools in 1934
Desegregation and Resegregation: Atlanta Schools after 1954
On Race and Cities
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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