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The South Side : The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood - Louis Rosen

The South Side

The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood


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The South Side is a quietly powerful story of how a white, middle-class, and largely Jewish neighborhood, built from prairie on Chicago's far South Side in the optimistic years after World War II, rapidly and dramatically changed to a middle-class black community in the 1960s. It is a tale of two communities that collided almost by accident at a moment in America's history when race relations were starting to explode, and the profound impact this wrenching collision had on the lives of families and individuals on both sides of the event; a tale of how dreams were both realized and shattered in the confrontation between moral courage, spiritual ethics, and personal fears. The story is told in memoir and oral narrative by fifteen composite characters--two generations of former and current residents of the community, both Jewish and African American. Louis Rosen has made nothing up: the memories, thoughts, and feelings of the characters reflect exactly what was spoken during his extensive interviews. The names are fictional, but The South Side is essentially a work of nonfiction. It speaks to universal concerns: what it is like to grow up as part of a group that is outside the mainstream of American life; why the search for home is so difficult in late-twentieth-century America. The South Side is a story without obvious heroes or villains. It transcends the boundaries of specific individuals, place, and time to offer a vivid description of a struggle that is still very much a part of American life, and one that is likely to be with us for some time to come.

An authentic and memorable American story of ordinary people caught in a moral crisis. -- Bernard Sahlins, founder and director, Second City St. Louis Post-Dispatch Deserves to become a classic...this text needs to be understood. -- Sandy Primm St. Louis Post-Dispatch A moving testimony of many voices. -- Richard Christiansen Chicago Tribune A wonderful book...full of insight, verve and humanity. -- Philip Friedman A sensitive, enlightening, and highly readable narrative of White Flight. -- Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well

Introductionp. 11
The Voicesp. 19
Prologuep. 23
The 1950s: Building a Neighborhoodp. 31
A Thriving Community: The Children, 1960-1964p. 43
Prelude to Part 3p. 55
Rumblings of Change, 1964-1965p. 57
Interludep. 73
Firsts, 1966-1967p. 77
Interludep. 93
Change, 1968p. 95
Riot, April 1968p. 103
Flight, 1968-1969p. 117
Carrying On, 1969-1970p. 129
Disintegration, 1970-1971p. 137
Endgame, 1971-1972p. 151
Aftermath, 1973-1995p. 159
Epiloguep. 181
Acknowledgmentsp. 185
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ISBN: 9781566632744
ISBN-10: 1566632749
Series: Glas, 21
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 189
Published: 17th August 1999
Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23