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Racial Democracy and the Black MetropolisHousing Policy in Postwar Chicago$
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Preston H. Smith II

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816637027

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816637027.001.0001

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Self-Help and the Black Real Estate Industry

Self-Help and the Black Real Estate Industry

(p.255) 10 Self-Help and the Black Real Estate Industry
Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis

Preston H. Smith

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the makeup of the black real estate industry and its political agenda, along with that of black federal housing officials, of private enterprise as the legitimate provider of housing for U.S. citizens. It details how the positions of black real estate and financial firms on housing policy after 1940, both in Chicago and nationally, facilitated their participation in the real estate business, and examines whether this participation was guided by racial democratic goals. The focus on government recognition privileged the role of black housing officials in an emerging black housing policy network, which included black civil rights leaders and black real estate elites.

Keywords:   black real estate industry, private enterprise, government recognition, black housing officials, black housing policy network, black civil rights leaders, black real estate elites

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