Family properties : race, real estate, and the exploitation of Black urban America / Beryl Satter

Author(s): Satter, Beryl, 1959-
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Subjects: African Americans--Housing--Illinois--Chicago--History--20th century
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago--History--20th century
Housing policy--Illinois--Chicago--History--20th century
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Social conditions--20th century
African Americans--Relations with Jews
Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--Biography
Landlords--Illinois--Chicago--Biography
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--History--20th century
Satter, Mark J., 1916-1965
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2009
LC Classification: H, HD
Table of Contents: Introduction. The Story of My Father 1
1. Jewish Lawndale 17
2. The Noose around Black Chicago 36
3. Justice in Chicago 64
4. Reform - Illinois-Style 100
5. The Liberal Moment and the Death of a Radical 133
6. King in Chicago 169
7. The Story of a Building 215
8. Organizing Lawndale 233
9. The Big Holdout 272
10. The Federal Trials 320
Conclusion 372
Notes 385
Acknowledgments 471
Index 475
Notes: LCCN: 2008033005
ISBN: 9780805076769
ISBN: 080507676X
Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-470) and index
Contents: The story of my father -- Jewish Lawndale ; The noose around Black Chicago ; Justice in Chicago ; Reform-- Illinois-style ; The liberal movement and the death of a radical -- King in Chicago ; The story of a building ; Organizing Lawndale ; The big holdout ; The Federal trials
Summary: Part family story and part urban history, this work is a landmark investigation of segregation and urban decay in Chicago, and in cities across the nation. The "promised land" for thousands of Southern blacks, postwar Chicago quickly became the most segregated city in the North, the site of the nation's worst ghettos and the target of Martin Luther King Jr.'s first campaign beyond the South. In this book, the author identifies the true causes of the city's black slums and the ruin of urban neighborhoods throughout the country. It is not, as some have argued, black pathology, the culture of poverty, or white flight, but a widespread and institutionalized system of legal and financial exploitation. This is an account of a city in crisis; unscrupulous lawyers, slumlords, and speculators are pitched against religious reformers, community organizers, and an impassioned attorney who launched a crusade against the profiteers, the author's father, Mark J. Satter. At the heart of the struggle stand the black migrants who, having left the South with its legacy of sharecropping, suddenly find themselves caught in a new kind of debt peonage. The author shows the interlocking forces at work in their oppression: the discriminatory practices of the banking industry; the federal policies that created the country's shameful "dual housing market" ; the economic anxieties that fueled white violence; and the tempting profits to be made by preying on the city's most vulnerable population. This tale of racism and real estate, politics and finance, will forever change our understanding of the forces that transformed urban America
Physical Description: 495 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
OCLC Number: 237018885
ISBN/ISSN: 9780805076769
080507676X

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