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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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Racial Democracy and the Case for Public Housing

Racial Democracy and the Case for Public Housing

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Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis

Preston H. Smith

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the racial and social democratic reasons for the black civic leaders’ support of public housing, delineating black elites’ class and racial critique of the housing industry. This support emerged from black reformers’ commitment to racial democracy as much as from any loyalty to social democracy. The chapter then explores how the black civic leaders’ support for public housing was based on their desire for black citizens to have access to modern housing, and to reinforce normative residential behavior, both of which they saw as necessary for acquiring the property-based citizenship that became widespread after World War II.

Keywords:   public housing, housing industry, black reformers, racial democracy, social democracy, modern housing, residential behavior, property-based citizenship, World War II

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