Chapter

“Who Set You Flowin̓?”

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/9780226896267.003.0003
“Who Set You Flowin̓?”

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Suburban migrants made choices that distinguished them, settling in a variety of suburban places, where the structure of the labor market shaped distinctive communities. Discrimination in the real estate market, backed by legal and extralegal restrictions, blocked African American access to most suburban areas. Instead, migrants moved to a few suburbs where the availability of employment, the presence of an earlier African American community, or the lack of land-use controls opened a door to settlement. Black suburbanites also expressed normative ideas about housing, landscape, and social life that affected the kinds of communities they made. Despite differences among suburbs, early suburbanites exhibited similar attitudes about home ownership, economy, and domestic production that shaped the way they used space.

Keywords: suburban migrants; African American; employment; Black suburbanites; suburbs

Chapter.  12193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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