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The Slums of the Urban Crisis

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The Slums of the Urban Crisis The nineteenth century “Urban Crisis” featured a period of poverty, “white flight”, redlining, and urban redevelopment. During the 1930s America was slowly recovering from the great Depression and President Roosevelt had developed a New Deal. Since money was a major factor that led to the stock market crash, Roosevelt had to create plans that would allow America to balance its wealth. This meant that individuals would be able to receive jobs and would have enough funds to provide for their families. Shortly after these plans, white Americans migrated to the suburbs and slums were cleared. This opened up many job positions and the majority of Americans were able to work. However, this left out the poor individuals and the terms of the plan only gave minorities opportunities for low waged jobs. “Vanishing Jobs in Racialized America” by Nelson Lichtenstein features the author Thomas Sugrue who “redefined a chronology of racial conflict and urban decline” (Lichtenstein 2). Sugrue observed that American leaders constructed the new deals in a way that placed limits upon minorities. This included them receiving the worst jobs and being pushed into separate neighborhoods. Sugrue’s perspective is only one of the many claims that scholars posed while talking about slums. It was difficult to determine who was responsible for the way that black inner city neighborhoods developed. The U.S. leaders, redevelopment policies, and minorities were three of the suspected causes of the urban crisis. Despite the many accusations, most scholars identify with the idea that inner city people were all affected negatively impacted by the Urban Crisis. Isolation, a loss of ambition and disorganizations are three of the key ... ... middle of paper ... ...onclusions. Bibliography Elijah, Anderson. "5. The Code of the Streets." In After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction, 73. New York: NYU Press, 2008. Project MUSE, EBSCOhost (accessed May 4, 2014). Kaufman, Bruce E. 2012. "WAGE THEORY, NEW DEAL LABOR POLICY, AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION: WERE GOVERNMENT AND UNIONS TO BLAME?. " Industrial & Labor Relations Review 65, no. 3: 501-532. Business Source Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed May 1, 2014). Leinberger, Christopher B. 2008. "The Next Slum?." Atlantic Monthly (10727825) 301, no. 2: 70-75. Literary Reference Center, EBSCOhost (accessed May 1, 2014). Lichtenstein, Nelson. 2000. "Vanishing Jobs in a Racialized America." Radical History Review no. 78: 178-188 Alternative Press Index, EBSCOhost (accessed April 28, 2014).
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