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Chicago's Block Clubs: How Neighbors Shape the City

Amanda I. Seligman


Chicagoans have participated in block clubs for a century. Block clubs are small, geographically-based, voluntary organizations dedicated to improving the physical environment and regulating public behavior. Through extensive archival work in fragmented sources, this book reconstructs block clubs’ history. Block clubs are common in Chicago, the focus of this study, but have also appeared in many other American cities. Although the National Urban League, an African American organization, pioneered the form in black neighborhoods in the early twentieth century, after World War II Chicagoans of d ... More

Keywords: block clubs, Chicago, cities, citizen participation, civic organizations, community organization, neighbor, organizations, quality of life, volunteer, community based organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226385716
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226385990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda I. Seligman, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee