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By Beryl Satter

Part kinfolk tale and half city heritage, a landmark research of segregation and concrete decay in Chicago—and towns around the nation

The "promised land" for millions of Southern blacks, postwar Chicago speedy grew to become the main segregated urban within the North, the positioning of the nation’s worst ghettos and the objective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first crusade past the South. during this strong publication, Beryl Satter identifies the real reasons of the city’s black slums and the spoil of city neighborhoods during the state: no longer, as a few have argued, black pathology, the tradition of poverty, or white flight, yet a frequent and institutionalized approach of felony and fiscal exploitation.

In Satter’s riveting account of a urban in difficulty, unscrupulous attorneys, slumlords, and speculators are pitched opposed to spiritual reformers, neighborhood organizers, and an impassioned lawyer who introduced a campaign opposed to the profiteers—the author’s father, Mark J. Satter. on the middle of the fight stand the black migrants who, having left the South with its legacy of sharecropping, all of sudden locate themselves stuck in a brand new type of debt peonage. Satter exhibits the interlocking forces at paintings of their oppression: the discriminatory practices of the banking undefined; the federal rules that created the country’s shameful "dual housing market"; the industrial anxieties that fueled white violence; and the tempting gains to be made by means of preying at the city’s so much susceptible inhabitants.

A enormous paintings of background, this story of racism and actual property, politics and finance, will ceaselessly swap our realizing of the forces that reworked city the United States.

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