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The Legacy of the 1968 Fair Housing Act

Author(s): Massey, Douglas S.

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Abstract: Civil rights activists in 1968 hoped that the passage of the Fair Housing Act would lead to the residential desegregation of American society. In this article, I assess the degree to which this hope has been fulfilled. I begin by reviewing how the black ghetto came to be a universal feature of American cities during the twentieth century and the means by which high levels of black segregation were achieved. I then describe the legislative maneuvers required to pass the Fair Housing Act and review its enforcement provisions to assess its potential for achieving desegregation. After examining trends in residential segregation since 1970, I conclude with an appraisal of the prospects for integration as we move toward the fiftieth anniversary of the Act's passage.
Publication Date: Jun-2015
Electronic Publication Date: 2-Jun-2015
Citation: Massey, Douglas S.. (2015). The Legacy of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Sociological Forum, 30 (571 - 588. doi:10.1111/socf.12178
DOI: doi:10.1111/socf.12178
ISSN: 0884-8971
Pages: 571 - 588
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Sociological Forum
Version: Author's manuscript

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