Places of Their Own

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:
Places of Their Own

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Rapid white suburbanization after World War II led to the extension of land-use controls to formerly unregulated areas. Zoning and building ordinances curtailed informal home building and raised the price of a suburban home for working-class and poor families. A number of suburbs also resorted to urban renewal as a means of isolating, or even expelling, suburban black communities. At the same time, federal intervention in the housing market and the development of a welfare state eased some of the economic insecurity that had shaped early working-class suburbanization. The extension of social security and unemployment insurance to a growing number of black workers as well as black entrance into unions in 1940 promised the kinds of economic security that suburban home ownership had provided before the war. Early suburbanites shared a common displeasure with the quality of life in many city neighborhoods.

Keywords: white suburbanization; suburban home; federal intervention; social security; suburban home ownership

Chapter.  9948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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