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Demobilization, Rising Expectations, and Postwar Realities

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore

in To Place Our Deeds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215658
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215658.003.0005
Demobilization, Rising Expectations, and Postwar Realities

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The most instant penalty of demobilization for black Richmondites was a sharp decline in economic stability and severely strained marriages and families. Many black Richmondites credited racially based hidden reasons for the abrupt suspicion of the numerous urban renewal programs that went along with demobilization. African Americans' aim to “make Richmond home” collided with the ambitions of developers, city planners, and public officials, who launched postwar programs for “blight” and slum clearance. Richmond's postwar development policies had several purposes. Black Richmondites knew that the urban renewal aspects of demobilization would be accomplished at their expense.

Keywords: Richmond; black; demobilization; politics; urban renewal

Chapter.  13561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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