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xvii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • If San Francisco, then everywhere?
  • Public housing, black ghettos
  • Racial zoning
  • "Own your own home"
  • Private agreements, government enforcement
  • White flight
  • IRS support and compliant regulators
  • Local tactics
  • State-sanctioned violence
  • Suppressed incomes
  • Looking forward, looking back
  • Considering fixes.
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation-that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation-the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments-that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as "brilliant" (The Atlantic), Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of de jure segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north. As Jane Jacobs established in her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, it was the deeply flawed urban planning of the 1950s that created many of the impoverished neighborhoods we know. Now, Rothstein expands our understanding of this history, showing how government policies led to the creation of officially segregated public housing and the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods. While urban areas rapidly deteriorated, the great American suburbanization of the post-World War II years was spurred on by federal subsidies for builders on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. Finally, Rothstein shows how police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to black families in white neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited future discrimination but did nothing to reverse residential patterns that had become deeply embedded. Yet recent outbursts of violence in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Minneapolis show us precisely how the legacy of these earlier eras contributes to persistent racial unrest. "The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book" (Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), as Rothstein's invaluable examination shows that only by relearning this history can we finally pave the way for the nation to remedy its unconstitutional past.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781631492853 20170621
Green Library

2. Oakland noir [2017]

267 pages : map, portraits ; 21 cm.
Green Library
v, 224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
  • Preface: "The wealthy old lady"
  • Landed grandfather : Francis Jones (1760-1844)
  • Profligate father : Congressman James Strudwick Smith (1787-1852)
  • Boozing politician son : James Sidney Smith (1819-1867)
  • Lecherous doctor son : Francis Jones Smith (1816-1877)
  • Saintly daughter : Mary Ruffin Smith (1814-1885)
  • Beneficiaries : church and state
  • Warring Episcopalians: the battle for Price Creek
  • Saving St. Mary's School
  • Healing the wounds : the Chapel of the Cross
  • Cleaning up, warming up, and lighting up the university
  • End of the trail.
Every "legitimate" member of Revolutionary War soldier Francis Jones's family (including his son-in-law Congressman James Strudwick Smith) lies in a small cemetery near where the Smiths' enslaved maid Harriet gave birth to four daughters, one fathered by Jones's white lawyer grandson, three by the white physician grandson. The four girls grew up with two "mothers", for Miss Mary Ruffin Smith, spinster sister of the licentious boys, took them into the big house, baptized them into the Episcopal Church, and then guided them to marriage to respectable biracial men. One great-great-grandchild, Pauli Murray, became the first African-American woman to be admitted to the clergy of the Episcopal Church and has recently been named a saint in that denomination. Her book Proud Shoes is based on her grandmother's memories. The last "legitimate" survivor in her family, Miss Mary Ruffin Smith left each biracial niece a token hundred acres. The remainder of the Jones-Smith fortune she willed (1) to the University of North Carolina for the establishment of scholarships and the development of its campus utilities, and (2) to the work of the North Carolina dioceses of the Episcopal Church, including saving St. Mary's School in Raleigh and supporting the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786496624 20160618
Green Library
xiv, 207 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Green Library
xvii, 280 p., [10] leaves of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
191 p. illus., ports. 22 cm.
A detailed account of the sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, which ignited the civil rights movement in the United States.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780812812794 20160527
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)