Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960

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University of Chicago Press, May 8, 1998 - History - 362 pages
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In Making the Second Ghetto, Arnold Hirsch argues that in the post-depression years Chicago was a "pioneer in developing concepts and devices" for housing segregation. Hirsch shows that the legal framework for the national urban renewal effort was forged in the heat generated by the racial struggles waged on Chicago's South Side. His chronicle of the strategies used by ethnic, political, and business interests in reaction to the great migration of southern blacks in the 1940s describes how the violent reaction of an emergent "white" population combined with public policy to segregate the city.

"In this excellent, intricate, and meticulously researched study, Hirsch exposes the social engineering of the post-war ghetto."—Roma Barnes, Journal of American Studies

"According to Arnold Hirsch, Chicago's postwar housing projects were a colossal exercise in moral deception. . . . [An] excellent study of public policy gone astray."—Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune

"An informative and provocative account of critical aspects of the process in [Chicago]. . . . A good and useful book."—Zane Miller, Reviews in American History

"A valuable and important book."—Allan Spear, Journal of American History

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Review: Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960

User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

For me the key insight is that this spatial arrangement we know as the ghetto is not static or unchanging or some historical holdover that we can't quite seem to get rid of. Instead, 'the contemporary ... Read full review

Review: Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960

User Review  - Kristin Sinclair - Goodreads

I read this book for my residential segregation and education class - its a fascinating, incredibly detailed account of the political and social processes that contributed to urban renewal and the ... Read full review


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Hirsch is research professor of history at the University of New Orleans.

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