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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 hundreds of thousands of Southern blacks, postwar Chicago speedy turned the main segregated urban within the North, the location 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 genuine motives of the city’s black slums and the break 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 process of criminal and monetary exploitation.

In Satter’s riveting account of a urban in drawback, unscrupulous attorneys, slumlords, and speculators are pitched opposed to non secular reformers, group 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, by surprise locate themselves stuck in a brand new type of debt peonage. Satter indicates 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 earnings to be made via preying at the city’s so much weak inhabitants.

A huge paintings of historical past, this story of racism and actual property, politics and finance, will ceaselessly swap our knowing of the forces that reworked city the United States.

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