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Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in by David M. P. Freund

By David M. P. Freund

In "Colored Property", David M. P. Freund indicates how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift within the language and good judgment of racial integration in residential neighborhoods after international battle II - clear of invocations of a legendary racial hierarchy and towards speak of markets, estate, and citizenship. Freund strains the emergence of a robust public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban progress around the kingdom with federal courses that considerably favourite whites. Then, exhibiting how this nationwide tale performed out in metropolitan Detroit, he demonstrates how whites realized to view discrimination no longer as an act of racism yet as a valid reaction to the wishes of the industry. Illuminating government's strong but still-hidden position within the segregation of U.S. towns, "Colored Property" offers a dramatic new imaginative and prescient of metropolitan progress, segregation, and white identification in smooth America.

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Photographed by Ken Music. new subdivisions—neighborhoods that resembled their own—rose up on land which had for years lain unimproved. The rapid disappearance of open space was most striking to long-time residents, many of whom had settled there decades earlier to farm or simply to enjoy a rural lifestyle. A thirdgeneration Southfield woman later recalled how men and women who had “known everyone” in their township as children in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s then watched, after World War II, as “farmland,” “sky,” and “water” were “cut into [the] lots” that gave rise to countless new neighborhoods.

The public response was overwhelming. 50 Growth was everywhere in metropolitan Detroit in the decades after World War II. And most of the region’s white residents believed that enjoyment of this growth and the prosperity it embodied was their racial prerogative. The following chapters explain how the national and local politics of suburban development encouraged many people of European descent to see not only their neighborhoods but even their status as home-owning citizens in these distorted yet persuasive terms.

The public response was overwhelming. 50 Growth was everywhere in metropolitan Detroit in the decades after World War II. And most of the region’s white residents believed that enjoyment of this growth and the prosperity it embodied was their racial prerogative. The following chapters explain how the national and local politics of suburban development encouraged many people of European descent to see not only their neighborhoods but even their status as home-owning citizens in these distorted yet persuasive terms.

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