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 exhibits how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift within the language and good judgment of racial integration in residential neighborhoods after international conflict 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, displaying 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 robust but still-hidden position within the segregation of U.S. towns, "Colored Property" provides a dramatic new imaginative and prescient of metropolitan development, segregation, and white identification in glossy America.


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48 Construction was everywhere, as if it were a permanent condition of suburban life. Residents were the daily witnesses to the improvement of undeveloped land. In newer suburbs like Hazel Park, the “swamps and open ditches that once disposed of sewage” disappeared. 49 Or on a weekend drive a family might witness a very different kind of mob scene: white people flocking to preview the homes in a new residential 32 / Chapter One subdivision. A typical episode occurred in February 1949, when the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Detroit announced an open house for the first units of a development of one hundred homes in northwest Royal Oak.

Consider the ethnic heterogeneity of Detroit’s postwar suburbs. S. 5 percent of Dearborn’s population as “foreign stock,” meaning that they were either foreign born or had foreign or “mixed” parentage. 7 percent in Livonia. Like suburbs nationwide, these communities hosted ethnic mixtures that had been unimaginable in most places during the 1920s and, remarkably, that were deemed financially risky at the outbreak of World War II. By 1960, Oak Park’s “foreign stock” included northern and western Europeans but was dominated by people claiming ancestry in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and Italy.

The first cross street in the foreground is Oakwood Boulevard. Four blocks west is the intersection with South Military, which by this time has been extended to Michigan Ave. (compare fig. 2). Courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Highway. The homes built there after World War II were in subdivision plats recorded no later than 1928. The units in the Brookline Hills subdivision, for example, sat on a grid of 40-foot wide lots approved by the Royal Oak Township Board in April 1916.

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