A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida Historical Studies of Urban America

Connolly uses the history of South Florida to unearth an older and far more complex story. For black people and many of their white allies, uses of eminent domain helped to harden class and color lines. Yet, to undermine the neighborhood influence of powerful slumlords, confiscating certain kinds of real estate through eminent domain also promised to help improve housing conditions, for many reformers, and to open new opportunities for suburban life for black Floridians.

Using a materialist approach, he offers a long view of capitalism and the color line, following much of the money that made land taking and Jim Crow segregation profitable and preferred approaches to governing cities throughout the twentieth century. Concerned more with winners and losers than with heroes and villains, A World More Concrete offers a sober assessment of money and power in Jim Crow America.

Through a political culture built on real estate, especially, South Florida’s landlords and homeowners advanced property rights and white property rights, at the expense of more inclusive visions of equality. In a world more Concrete, N. D. It shows how negotiations between powerful real estate interests on both sides of the color line gave racial segregation a remarkable capacity to evolve, revealing property owners’ power to reshape American cities in ways that can still be seen and felt today.

A world more concrete argues that black and white landlords, entrepreneurs, and even liberal community leaders used tenements and repeated land dispossession to take advantage of the poor and generate remarkable wealth.

Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America's First Gilded Age

Their investments spawned new political and social conflict, in both the urbanizing East and the expanding West. Tracking the movement of finance capital toward far-flung investment frontiers, Noam Maggor reconceives the emergence of modern capitalism in the United States. Harvard University Press. Brahmin capitalism reveals the decisive role of established wealth in the transformation of the American economy in the decades after the Civil War, leading the way to the nationally integrated corporate capitalism of the twentieth century.

Maggor’s provocative history of the gilded Age explores how the moneyed elite in Boston―the quintessential East Coast establishment―leveraged their wealth to forge transcontinental networks of commodities, labor, and transportation. In contests that had lasting implications for wealth, government, and inequality, financial power collided with more democratic visions of economic progress.

Rather than being driven inexorably by technologies like the railroad and telegraph, Maggor shows, the new capitalist geography was a grand and highly contentious undertaking, one that proved pivotal for the rise of the United States as the world’s leading industrial nation. With the decline of cotton-based textile manufacturing in New England and the abolition of slavery, these gentleman bankers traveled far and wide in search of new business opportunities and found them in the mines, railroads, and industries of the Great West.


From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

Wilson memorial prizea new york times notable book of the yeara new york times book review editors’ choicea Wall Street Journal Favorite Book of the YearA Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the YearA Publishers Weekly Favorite Book of the YearIn the United States today, one in every thirty-one adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men.

Readers will learn how the militarization of the police that we’ve witnessed in Ferguson and elsewhere had roots in the 1960s. Imani perry, new york Times Book Review Harvard University Press. Co-winner of the Thomas J. How did the “land of the free” become the home of the world’s largest prison system? challenging the belief that America’s prison problem originated with the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.

An extraordinary and important new book. Jill lepore, new yorker“hinton’s book is more than an argument; it is a revelation…There are moments that will make your skin crawl…This is history, but the implications for today are striking.

American Capitalism: A Reader

From cornell university Professors Louis Hyman and Edward E. Baptist, a collection of the most relevant readings on the history of capitalism in America, created to accompany their EdX course "American Capitalism: A Reader. To understand the past and especially our own times, arguably no story is as essential to get right as the history of capitalism.

While capitalism has a global history, the United States plays a special role in that story. Nearly all of our theories about promoting progress come from how we interpret the economic changes of the last 500 years. American capitalism: a reader" will help you to understand how the United States became the world's leading economic power, while revealing essential lessons about what has been and what will be possible in capitalism's ongoing revolution.

Harvard University Press. Combining a wealth of essential readings, and questions to help guide readers through the materials and broader subject, introductions by Professors Baptist and Hyman, this course reader will prepare students to think critically about the history of capitalism in America. This past decade's crises continue to remind us just how much capitalism changes, even as basic features like wage labor, financial markets, private property, and entrepreneurs endure.


White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism Politics and Society in Modern America

Used book in Good Condition. Tracing the journey of southern conservatives from white supremacy to white suburbia, Kruse locates the origins of modern American politics. During the civil rights era, atlanta thought of itself as "The City Too Busy to Hate, " a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together.

Challenging the conventional wisdom that white flight meant nothing more than a literal movement of whites to the suburbs, this book argues that it represented a more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: "The City Too Busy Moving to Hate.

In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of "white flight" in Atlanta and elsewhere. In a provocative revision of postwar american history, Kruse demonstrates that traditional elements of modern conservatism, such as hostility to the federal government and faith in free enterprise, underwent important transformations during the postwar struggle over segregation.

Harvard University Press. Likewise, like the tax revolt, tuition vouchers, white resistance gave birth to several new conservative causes, and privatization of public services. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance.

In the end, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.

The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America Politics and Society in Modern America

Unearthing startling new evidence from the National Archives, Margot Canaday shows how the state systematically came to penalize homosexuality, giving rise to a regime of second-class citizenship that sexual minorities still live under today. Harvard University Press. Princeton University Press. Canaday looks at three key arenas of government control--immigration, the military, and welfare--and demonstrates how federal enforcement of sexual norms emerged with the rise of the modern bureaucratic state.

Midcentury repression was not a sudden response to newly visible gay subcultures, Canaday demonstrates, but the culmination of a much longer and slower process of state-building during which the state came to know and to care about homosexuality across many decades. Social, and legal history at their most compelling, The Straight State explores how regulation transformed the regulated: in drawing boundaries around national citizenship, political, the state helped to define the very meaning of homosexuality in America.

She begins at the turn of the twentieth century when the state first stumbled upon evidence of sex and gender nonconformity, violence, revealing how homosexuality was policed indirectly through the exclusion of sexually "degenerate" immigrants and other regulatory measures aimed at combating poverty, and vice.

The straight state is the most expansive study of the federal regulation of homosexuality yet written. Canaday argues that the state's gradual awareness of homosexuality intensified during the later New Deal and through the postwar period as policies were enacted that explicitly used homosexuality to define who could enter the country, serve in the military, and collect state benefits.

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The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

Princeton University Press. Instead, and jim crow credit policies created an inescapable, racism, but hard to detect, housing segregation, economic trap for black communities and their banks. The catch-22 of black banking is that the very institutions needed to help communities escape the deep poverty caused by discrimination and segregation inevitably became victims of that same poverty.

Harvard University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Examining the fruits of past policies and the operation of banking in a segregated economy, she makes clear that only bolder, more realistic views of banking’s relation to black communities will end the cycle of poverty and promote black wealth. When the emancipation proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than one percent of the United States’ total wealth.

These initiatives have functioned as a potent political decoy to avoid more fundamental reforms and racial redress. The color of money pursues the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks. Studying these institutions over time, Mehrsa Baradaran challenges the myth that black communities could ever accumulate wealth in a segregated economy.

Not only could black banks not “control the black dollar” due to the dynamics of bank depositing and lending but they drained black capital into white banks, leaving the black economy with the scraps. Baradaran challenges the long-standing notion that black banking and community self-help is the solution to the racial wealth gap.

Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America - Updated Edition Politics and Society in Modern America

Immigration policy―a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U. S. Mae ngai offers a close reading of the legal regime of restriction that commenced in the 1920s―its statutory architecture, administrative enforcement, judicial genealogies, differential treatment of European and non-European migrants, and long-term effects.

Used book in Good Condition. She shows that immigration restriction, particularly national-origin and numerical quotas, remapped America both by creating new categories of racial difference and by emphasizing as never before the nation's contiguous land borders and their patrol. Harvard University Press. Belknap.

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Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

Hailed at the time, black reconstruction in America 1860–1880 has justly been called a classic. Princeton University Press. The pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time. This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society.

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Updated Edition Princeton Classics - The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

Princeton University Press. He challenges the conventional wisdom that urban decline is the product of the social programs and racial fissures of the 1960s. Used book in Good Condition. Belknap. Princeton University Press. Harvard University Press. Once america's "arsenal of democracy, " Detroit is now the symbol of the American urban crisis.

Free Press. Weaving together the history of workplaces, and real estate agencies, civil rights groups, Sugrue finds the roots of today’s urban poverty in a hidden history of racial violence, political organizations, discrimination, unions, and deindustrialization that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.

This princeton classics edition includes a new preface by Sugrue, discussing the lasting impact of the postwar transformation on urban America and the chronic issues leading to Detroit’s bankruptcy. In this reappraisal of america’s racial and economic inequalities, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty.


Colored Property: State Policy And White Racial Politics In Suburban America Historical Studies of Urban America

P. Then, details the efforts of neighborhood "property improvement" associations, he visits zoning board and city council meetings, showing how this national story played out in metropolitan Detroit, and reconstructs battles over race and housing to demonstrate how whites learned to view discrimination not as an act of racism but as a legitimate response to the needs of the market.

Freund begins his exploration by tracing the emergence of a powerful public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban growth across the nation with federal programs that significantly favored whites. Used book in Good Condition. Princeton University Press. Belknap. Free Press. Princeton University Press.

Northern whites in the post-world war ii era began to support the principle of civil rights, so why did many of them continue to oppose racial integration in their communities? Challenging conventional wisdom about the growth, prosperity, and racial exclusivity of American suburbs, David M. Freund argues that previous attempts to answer this question have overlooked a change in the racial thinking of whites and the role of suburban politics in effecting this change.

Cities, segregation, colored Property presents a dramatic new vision of metropolitan growth, and white identity in modern America. Illuminating government's powerful yet still-hidden role in the segregation of U. S.