By Beryl Satter
Part kinfolk tale and half city background, a landmark research of segregation and concrete decay in Chicago—and towns around the nation
The "promised land" for hundreds of thousands of Southern blacks, postwar Chicago quick grew to become the main segregated urban within the North, the location of the nation’s worst ghettos and the objective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first crusade past the South. during this strong booklet, Beryl Satter identifies the real motives of the city’s black slums and the spoil of city neighborhoods through the state: no longer, as a few have argued, black pathology, the tradition of poverty, or white flight, yet a frequent and institutionalized method of criminal and fiscal exploitation.
In Satter’s riveting account of a urban in difficulty, unscrupulous attorneys, slumlords, and speculators are pitched opposed to non secular reformers, group organizers, and an impassioned legal professional who introduced a campaign opposed to the profiteers—the author’s father, Mark J. Satter. on the middle of the fight stand the black migrants who, having left the South with its legacy of sharecropping, without notice locate themselves stuck in a brand new type of debt peonage. Satter exhibits the interlocking forces at paintings of their oppression: the discriminatory practices of the banking undefined; the federal regulations that created the country’s shameful "dual housing market"; the industrial anxieties that fueled white violence; and the tempting gains to be made by means of preying at the city’s such a lot susceptible inhabitants.
A huge paintings of heritage, this story of racism and genuine property, politics and finance, will without end switch our realizing of the forces that reworked city the USA.
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