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"American Apartheid" is a well-written and well-researched book. The authors researched the many factors that forced different groups of people into their ghettos -- all except one very important reason. People generally prefer to live with people like themselves. Montgomery County in Maryland includes the largest middle class African American neighborhoods in the country. These areas are populated largely by well paid federal government workers who can afford to live in any of the middle class enclaves that ring DC. A poll was taken by the Washington Post about 15 years ago, asking the respondents their reasons for living in these seemingly apartheid neighborhoods. The main reason cited was simply that people feel more comfortable living with other people just like them.
The authors should have included a chapter investigating this phenomenon.
 

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Very insightful. It looked behind the visible to document an aspect of social life in America that many people are afraid to know about their society. It is not the most palatable stuff you'll want to read about, but you must if you want to understand modern race relations in the USA.

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Elon Fischer - Goodreads

Incredibly troubling book about the role that segregation has and continues to play in American inequality. Massey makes it clear that ghettos and segregation were not natural housing evolutions but ... Read full review

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - David - Goodreads

1. The Great Migration + racist governmental policies + discriminatory acts by realtors and lenders + individual acts of prejudice = American Apartheid, the curious case of blacks being heavily ... Read full review

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Edward Branley - Goodreads

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Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

A daring study. Something I would go back to. It is a bit dry and filled with a lot of statistics, but never not worth keeping up with. My interest in it got greater as I read and the topics became heavier and heavier. Read full review

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

The authors not only explain the history of discrimination in our country but reveal the devastating impact of modern day residential segregation and misguided, racist policies that give way to a host of social problems. They also offer excellent policy recommendations for much needed change. Read full review

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

A look at modern residential segregation, especially at the "white flight" from major urban areas. An important book that discusses how residential segregation is still so prevalent among us today. Read full review

Review: American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

User Review  - Seven - Goodreads

segregation upholds racist/prejudist beliefs, promotes stereotypes, keeps the less fortunate from obtaining the tools needed to succeed in the wider playing field by limiting; the ability to speak the ... Read full review


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