Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb

Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb

by Bruce D. Haynes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300084900

ISBN-13: 9780300084900

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

"Runyon Heights, a community in Yonkers, New York, has been populated by middle-class African Americans for nearly a century. In the first history of such a community, this book sheds light on the process of black suburbanization and the ways in which race and class have shaped residential development in the suburbs." Relying on both interviews with residents and…  See more details below

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"Runyon Heights, a community in Yonkers, New York, has been populated by middle-class African Americans for nearly a century. In the first history of such a community, this book sheds light on the process of black suburbanization and the ways in which race and class have shaped residential development in the suburbs." Relying on both interviews with residents and archival research, Bruce D. Hayne describes the progressive stages in the life of Runyon Heights, from the circumstances surrounding its founding through its development of solidarity, identity, and political consciousness. He shows how residents came to recognize common political interests within the community, how racial consciousness provided an axis for social solidarity as well as partial insulation from racial slights, and how the suburb afforded these middle-class residents a degree of physical and social distance from the ghetto. This unique history reveals the ways in which a black middle-class community has dealt with the tensions between the political interests of race and the material interests of class.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084900
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.55(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Race and Place in Industrial Yonkers1
2The Peopling of Nepperhan18
3Working-Class Roots33
4E Pluribus Unum53
5Nepperhan: The Prewar Years67
6Runyon Heights: The Postwar Years93
7Eisenhower Republicans and Republican Democrats130
8Defining Black Space147
Notes157
References167
Index177

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