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When Tenants Claimed the City
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In postwar America, not everyone wanted to move out of the city and into the suburbs. For decades before World War II, New York's tenants had organized to secure renters' rights. After the war, tenant activists raised the stakes by challenging the newly-dominant ideal of homeownership in racially segregated suburbs. They insisted that renters as well as owners had rights to stable, well-maintained homes, and they proposed that racially diverse urban communities held a right to remain in place--a right that outweighed owners' rights to raise rents, redevelop properties, or exclude tenants of color. Further, the activists asserted that women could participate fully in the political arenas where these matters were decided. Grounded in archival research and oral history, When Tenants Claimed the City: The Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing shows that New York City's tenant movement made a significant claim to citizenship rights that came to accrue, both ideologically and legally, to homeownership in postwar America. Roberta Gold emphasizes the centrality of housing to the racial and class reorganization of the city after the war; the prominent role of women within the tenant movement; and their fostering of a concept of "community rights" grounded in their experience of living together in heterogeneous urban neighborhoods.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART I
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. "A Time of Struggle:: Holding the LIne in the 1940s
  2. pp. 9-30
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  1. 2. "The Right to Lease and Occupy a Home": Equality and Public Provision in Housing Development
  2. pp. 31-63
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  1. 3. "So Much Life": Retrenchment in the Cold War
  2. pp. 64-106
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  1. PART II
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. Introduction to Part II
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 4. "Out of These Ghettos, People Who Would Fight": Claiming Power in the Sixties
  2. pp. 113-145
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  1. 5. "A Lot of Investment, a Lot of Roots": Defending Urban Community
  2. pp. 146-168
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  1. 6. "Territorio Libre": Upheaval in the Vietnam War Era
  2. pp. 169-210
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  1. 7. "To Plan Our Own Community": Government, Grassroots, and Local Development
  2. pp. 211-241
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  1. 8. "A Piece of Heaven in Hell": Struggles in the Backlash Years
  2. pp. 242-256
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 257-264
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 265-268
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 269-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-330
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  1. About the Author, Publisher Notes
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