Driving a Wedge of Opportunity

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:
Driving a Wedge of Opportunity

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The postwar period was a period of transition in African American suburbanization. During the depression, suburban black communities had consolidated in population, but as World War II rekindled the black exodus from the rural South, suburbs once again attracted African Americans in growing numbers. Massive white suburbanization and the spread of hostile suburban municipalities produced a style of racial exclusion that was far more comprehensive than had prevailed in prewar suburbia. By 1960, planning and land-use regulation had largely curtailed older pathways of working-class suburbanization. Despite spatial continuity with older settlements, new suburbanites armed their class position not only through achievements in income, occupation, and education, but also in how they chose to live. Growing numbers expressed residential preferences that they shared with a broad spectrum of middle-class Americans.

Keywords: African American; suburbanization; suburbs; suburbia; spatial continuity

Chapter.  10993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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