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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  - Isaac Holloway - Goodreads

A must read. This text traces the history of ghettoization in a great detail. It addressins the theories and talking points that surround the state of the ghetto, it positions residential segregation ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave Brown - Goodreads

If we must shift to a national curriculum, this book should be on the mandatory reading list. Read full review

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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

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User Review  - Edward Branley - Goodreads

I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11971337 Read full review

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

User Review  - Lucas - Goodreads

It's getting old, but this book is still depressingly accurate. Also, man, Chicago doesn't come out looking good. That hurt in some deeply personal, but probably healthy way and will likely continue to do so for a while. Great book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Steffi - Goodreads

Interesting, but pretty hard to get through... repetitive, full of numbers and terminology, a few tables but no maps or graphs. Best used as a reference, or for academic purposes. Read full review

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

User Review  - Denali - Goodreads

Convinced me I didnt want to go to this program. Read full review


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