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Crossing the Class and Color Lines

From Public Housing to White Suburbia

From 1976 to 1998, the Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program moved over 7,000 low-income black families 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 is the story of that project, from the initial struggles and discomfort of the relocated families to their eventual successes in employment and education—cementing the sociological concept of the "neighborhood effect" and shattering the myth that inner-city blacks cannot escape a "culture of poverty."

"This book’s history of Chicago public housing should be required reading for anyone interested in social policy in the United States."—Jens Ludwig, Social Service Review

"[The authors’] work is rightly cited as one of the important precedents in the field. . . . This is a remarkable, unassailable accomplishment and this book is an important record of their scholarly contribution."—John M. Goering, Ethnic and Racial Studies

256 pages | 7 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2000

With Shirley Dvorin, Marilynn Kulieke, Alicia McCareins, and Susan Popkin

Political Science: Race and Politics

Sociology: Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations, Urban and Rural Sociology

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alex Kotlowitz
Acknowledgments
ONE Introduction: A Modern Odyssey

PART 1 Getting There: From the Inner City to the
Suburbs
TWO Desegregation within the City’s Limits: The
Scattered Site Program
THREE Inventing the Metropolitan-Wide Gautreaux
Program
FOUR Implementing the Gautreaux Program: Two Decades
of Moving Out

PART 2 Moving Experiences: For the Sake of the
Children

FIVE Families on the Move
SIX Safety First
SEVEN Social Interaction
EIGHT Schooling
NINE Education and Employment Outcomes
TEN Conclusion: The Road Ahead

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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