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Crossing the Class and Color Lines: From Public Housing to White Suburbia

 
 
 
 
Crossing the Class and Color Lines: From Public Housing to White Suburbia
Author: Leonard S. Rubinowitz - James E. Rosenbaum
ISBN 13: 9780226730905
ISBN 10: 226730905
Edition: 1
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2002-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $31.00
 
 

The year 2001 saw a partial resurrection of the Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program, an ambitious project that, between 1976 to 1998, moved over 7,000 low-income black families, most from Chicago's inner city to middle-class white suburbs-the largest and longest-running residential, racial, and economic integration effort in American history. Crossing the Class and Color Lines, nominated for the 2001 Robert E. Park Award of the Community and Urban Section of the American Sociological Association, is the story of that project, from the initial struggles and discomfort of the relocated families to their eventual successes in employment and education-a study that cemented the sociological concept of the "neighborhood effect" and shattered the myth that inner-city blacks cannot escape a "culture of poverty."