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Acknowledgments When I was in graduate school,a (not so old) sage in my department, the late Richard Iton, told me to be selective when considering what I would undertake as the focus of my graduate research because I would have to live with the topic for the next ten years. He was right. This book began as a seminar paper in the spring of 2008, and after a little more than ten years, it wound its way into book form. As more than one person has observed, writing a book is an isolating and often painstaking process, but it is impossible to write it alone. I am indebted to so many friends, colleagues, and mentors that it is impossible to name them all, but there are some whom I must acknowledge. The book’s long journey was certainly influenced by the guidance and wisdom of my advisor then and my good friend now, Martha Biondi. Martha encouraged me to think and write in my own way while still teaching me how to anchor my work in historical methods. Her influence has been instrumental in my development as a writer and scholar. I am forever grateful for her mentorship, encouragement , and generosity. Martha has spent the last ten years always being available, always making time to meet and talk through ideas, and always advocating on my behalf. I owe special thanks to Mary Pattillo as well. Mary has always made the time to meet, to talk, and most importantly, to challenge me intellectually. There are no easy answers with Mary, only more questions and more prodding. I am grateful for her intellectual tenacity and her extraordinary generosity of time, perspective, and encouragement. Finally, before Leonard Rubinowitz became a noted legal scholar, he worked for HUD during the time period this book covers. His insights into the functioning of the agency and the officials within it helped to clear up so much confusion. Len spent hours meeting, talking, and unearthing materials, and I have benefited so much from his patient explanation, insight, and expertise. His critical writings on this period have been foundational to my understanding of the intricacies of race and housing policy. I feel especially honored and grateful to be included in the Justice, Power, and Politics series of the University of North Carolina Press, edited by Heather Ann 264 Acknowledgments Thompson and Rhonda Williams. Thompson and Williams embody all that is important to me in the academy: integrity, intellect, and a searching passion for truth and justice. They are role models for so many of us. Brandon Proia has been a revelation. On a humid evening at a conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in September 2013, Wayne State historian and good friend David Goldberg introduced me to Brandon and suggested he go to my panel the next morning. Brandon showed up, and we have been talking ever since. Brandon has read draft after draft of this book in manuscript, and he has always had something new and helpful to add. I am most appreciative of his patience, encouragement, and perennial good spirits. A special thanks to the anonymous readers of the manuscript who provided detailed comments and sharp analysis and critiques, in an incredibly timely manner, that ultimately resulted in a much stronger manuscript and now book. I want to especially thank Stephanie Ladniak Wenzel for her timely and meticulous copyediting. I also wish to thank the tireless work of the entire editorial staff at the Press who have worked so hard in production to bring this book into existence. As a historian I have relied on untold librarians and archivists to bring this story to life. Thanks to the archivists at the National Archives and Record Administration in College Park, Maryland; the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library ; the Richard Nixon Presidential Library; the Hoover Institute; the Gerald Ford Presidential Library; the Bentley Historical Library; and the Urban Archives at Temple University. I have also relied on the financial generosity of multiple organizations that have helped to fund my research. A special thanks to the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, the Ford Foundation, Northwestern University, and the Lannan Foundation for their financial contributions to my research and writing. A special thanks to Princeton University for providing a sabbatical that allowed precious time I needed to complete revisions to the draft manuscript. This book has benefited from my relationships with an astonishing group of friends and scholars who have engaged with this book in various forms over the last several years. My...


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