Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

If the Suburbs Are Taken, We'll Make a Surrogate

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

If the Suburbs Are Taken, We'll Make a Surrogate

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If the Suburbs Are Taken, We'll Make a Surrogate Todd M. Michney. Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighbrhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 20, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3194-3. $34.95. 350pp. 6.125X9.25". 13 illustrations.

The narrative of the role the black middle class formed in actively settling in the outer-city spaces and precipitating white flight out of these regions at a time when moving to whites-only suburban neighborhoods was prohibited by law or societal pressures, between 1900 and 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio.

It chronologically describes changes by decades and in different parts of Cleveland, as the outer bounds of the black neighborhoods expanded. The story is assisted with statistics on employment and homeownership among blacks, which demonstrate patterns across different economic groups. …

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