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Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago

Preston H. Smith II


This book examines housing debates in Chicago that go beyond black and white politics, and shows how class and factional conflicts among African Americans actually helped to reproduce stunning segregation along economic lines. Class and factional conflicts were normal in the rough-and-tumble world of land use politics. They are, however, often not visible in accounts of the postwar fight against segregation. The book outlines the ideological framework that black civic leaders in Chicago used to formulate housing policy, both within and outside the black community, to reveal a surprising pictur ... More

Keywords: housing debates, Chicago, class conflicts, factional conflicts, African Americans, segregation, land use politics, black community, black elite, class interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816637027
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816637027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Preston H. Smith II, author
Associate Professor of Politics, Mt. Holyoke College