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By David M. P. Freund

In "Colored Property", David M. P. Freund indicates how federal intervention spurred a dramatic shift within the language and good judgment of racial integration in residential neighborhoods after international battle II - clear of invocations of a legendary racial hierarchy and towards speak of markets, estate, and citizenship. Freund lines the emergence of a robust public-private alliance that facilitated postwar suburban development around the kingdom with federal courses that considerably favourite whites. Then, displaying how this nationwide tale performed out in metropolitan Detroit, he demonstrates how whites realized to view discrimination now not as an act of racism yet as a valid reaction to the desires of the industry. Illuminating government's robust but still-hidden position within the segregation of U.S. towns, "Colored Property" provides a dramatic new imaginative and prescient of metropolitan progress, segregation, and white id in sleek America.

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State intervention subsidized the fantastic growth of the housing market in postwar America. And it did so The New Politics of Race and Property / 35 by adopting appraisal and lending standards that systematically denied nonwhites access to easy mortgage credit and to the nation’s fast-growing suburbs. Because versions of this structural argument appear with some frequency in studies of the modern suburb and racial segregation and because the point is still, nonetheless, contested by some observers, it is worth underscoring this book’s central claims about federal policy, subsidy, and racial discrimination.

For countless people of European descent, prosperity (or even economic stability) and suburban life were increasingly seen as inseparable. But scholars generally assume that it was the novelty of suburban living—its unique spaces, geography, housing, and amenities—that shaped whites’ views about the privileges, racial or otherwise, associated with suburban residence. Most accounts describe whites moving to communities physically separated from the central city (often simply carved out of farmland) and physically quite different from the city as well.

By creating a series of powerful “selective credit programs”—the FHA, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), and the Veterans Administration (VA) were the best known at the time—the federal government assumed responsibility for the creation of home finance capital in private markets and regulated its distribution. State intervention subsidized the fantastic growth of the housing market in postwar America. And it did so The New Politics of Race and Property / 35 by adopting appraisal and lending standards that systematically denied nonwhites access to easy mortgage credit and to the nation’s fast-growing suburbs.

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