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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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Acknowledgments

 

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

 

List of Abbreviations

Notes

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226262758
Author:
Freund, David M. P.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
United States Race relations History.
Subject:
Discrimination in housing -- United States.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones, 4 maps, 5 line drawings
Pages:
526
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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