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Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century

Andrew Wiese

Abstract

On Melbenan Drive just west of Atlanta, sunlight falls onto a long row of well-kept lawns. Two dozen homes line the street; behind them wooden decks and living-room windows open onto vast woodland properties. Residents returning from their jobs steer SUVs into long driveways and emerge from their automobiles. They walk to the front doors of their houses past sculptured bushes and flowers in bloom. For most people, this cozy image of suburbia does not immediately evoke images of African Americans. But as this work demonstrates, the suburbs have provided a home to black residents in increasing n ... More

Keywords: African Americans, suburbanization, racism, poverty, civil rights movement, black middle class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226896410
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226896267.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Wiese, author