The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality
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The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality

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In this collective biography, Rhonda Y. Williams takes us behind, and beyond, politically expedient labels to provide an incisive and intimate portrait of poor black women in urban America. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Williams challenges the notion that low-income housing was a resounding failure that doomed three consecutive generations of post-war Americans to entre...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 8th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2004)
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Isaac Holloway
I came into this text expecting a public policy perspective on public housing and its issues supplemented and nuanced by the experiences of black women. I found the reverse to be true however i was not disappointed. The author Rhonda Williams provides us with something akin to a piece of anthropology of the black woman's experience in public housing centering on Baltimore, Maryland from public housing inception to the present day challenges. It recounts the struggles of these women for and with...more
Candice Carr
Book compiling oral histories about Black female activists and community organizers. These women were poor, indigenous tenants in the public housing projects of Baltimore, Maryland.

Also includes descriptions of the activist pathways used by tenants: rent strikes, boycotts, lobbying, consumer clubs and more.

Questions from this book:

- Do we perceive those on welfare to be less responsible citizens and therefore discount their concerns about housing?

- How can tenant activists and their supporters

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Beth
Excellent look at public housing in Baltimore and the agency of working-class black (and some white) women who fought for tenant rights during the 1940s-1970s.
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