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Introduction

in Places of Their Own

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780226896410
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226896267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226896267.003.0001
Introduction

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Suburbanization reflects the legacy of segregation and racial inequality that had long shadowed the metropolitan landscape. Levels of suburban segregation declined slowly after 1960, but most new suburbanites settled within a few minutes' drive of more mature black communities. Case studies of individual suburbs and suburban areas have explored various aspects of black suburbanization since the turn of the century. The increased racial integration after 1960 tended to strengthen social divisions on the basis of race as well as class. If black suburbanites moved to mostly white areas to safeguard economic interests that they shared with middle-class whites, many reported feeling isolated and uncomfortably aware of “subtle and sometimes not so subtle white antagonism,” which reinforced a feeling of difference.

Keywords: suburbanization; black communities; racial integration; middle-class whites; economic interests

Chapter.  4072 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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