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Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (Historical Studies of Urban America)


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Northern whites in the post-World War II era began to support the principle of civil rights, so why did many of them continue to oppose racial integration in their communities? Challenging conventional wisdom about the growth, prosperity, and racial exclusivity of American suburbs, David M. P. Freund argues that previous attempts to answer this question have overlooked a change in the racial thinking of whites and the role of suburban politics in effecting this change. In Colored Property, he shows how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift in the language and logic of residential exclusion—away from invocations of a mythical racial hierarchy and toward talk of markets, property, and citizenship.
Freund begins his exploration by tracing the emergence of a powerful public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban growth across the nation with federal programs that significantly favored whites. Then, showing how this national story played out in metropolitan Detroit, he visits zoning board and city council meetings, details the efforts of neighborhood “property improvement” associations, and reconstructs battles over race and housing to demonstrate how whites learned to view discrimination not as an act of racism but as a legitimate response to the needs of the market. Illuminating governments powerful yet still-hidden role in the segregation of U.S. cities, Colored Property presents a dramatic new vision of metropolitan growth, segregation, and white identity in modern America.


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David Freund is visiting assistant professor at Rutgers University­­–Newark.

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Chapter 1. The New Politics of Race and Property


Part I: The Political Economy of Suburban Development and the Race of Economic Value, 1910-1970


Chapter 2. Local Control and the Rights of Property: The Politics of Incorporation, Zoning, and Race before 1940


Chapter 3. Financing Suburban Growth: Federal Policy and the Birth of a Racialized Market for Homes, 1930-1940


Chapter 4. Putting Private Capital Back to Work: The Logic of Federal Intervention, 1930-1940


Chapter 5. A Free Market for Housing: Policy, Growth, and Exclusion in Suburbia, 1940-1970


Part II: Race and Development in Metropolitan Detroit, 1940-1970


Chapter 6. Defending and Defining the New Neighborhood: The Politics of Exclusion in Royal Oak, 1940-1955


Chapter 7. Saying Race Out Loud: The Politics of Exclusion in Dearborn, 1940-1955


Chapter 8. The National Is Local: Race and Development in an Era of Civil Rights Protest, 1955-1964


Chapter 9. Colored Property and White Backlash


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Freund, David M. P.
University of Chicago Press
People of Color
City and town life
United States - 20th Century
African American Studies
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
cultural heritage
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Social history
United States Race relations History.
Discrimination in housing -- United States.
US History - 20th Century
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