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- DescriptionSaving the Neighborhood tells the charged, still controversial story of the rise and fall of racially restrictive covenants in America, and offers rare insight into the ways legal and social rms reinforce one ather, acting with pernicious efficacy to codify and perpetuate intolerance. The early 1900s saw an unprecedented migration of African Americans leaving the rural South in search of better work and equal citizenship. In reaction, many white communities instituted property agreements--covenants--designed to limit ownership and residency according to race. Restrictive covenants quickly became a powerful legal guarantor of segregation, their authority facing serious challenge only in 1948, when the Supreme Court declared them legally unenforceable in Shelley v. Kraemer. Although the ruling was a shock to courts that had upheld covenants for decades, it failed to end their influence. In this incisive study, Richard Brooks and Carol Rose unpack why. At root, covenants were social signals. Their greatest use lay in reassuring the white residents that they shared the same goal, while sending a warning to would-be mirity entrants: keep out. The authors uncover how loosely knit urban and suburban communities, fearing ethnic mixing or even tipping, were fair game to a new class of entrepreneurs who catered to their fears while exacerbating the message encoded in covenants: that black residents threatened white property values. Legal racial covenants expressed and bestowed an aura of legitimacy upon the wish of many white neighborhoods to exclude mirities. Sadly for American race relations, their legacy still lingers.
- Author BiographyRichard R. W. Brooks is Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Carol M. Rose is Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law and Organization and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Lohse Professor of Law at the University of Arizona.
- Author(s)Carol M. Rose,Richard R. W. Brooks
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication09/04/2013
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight567 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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