By Christopher Bonastia

Knocking at the Door is the 1st book-length paintings to investigate federal involvement in residential segregation from Reconstruction to the current. offering a very precise research of the interval 1968 to 1973, the booklet examines how the U.S. division of Housing and concrete improvement (HUD) tried to forge uncomplicated alterations in segregated residential styles through starting up the suburbs to teams traditionally excluded for racial or financial purposes. The door didn't close thoroughly in this hazard till President Richard Nixon took the drastic step of freezing all federal housing money in January 1973. Knocking at the Door assesses this near-miss in political historical past, exploring how HUD got here unusually with reference to enforcing rigorous antidiscrimination regulations, and why the agency's efforts have been derailed via Nixon.

Christopher Bonastia indicates how the Nixon years have been ripe for federal motion to foster residential desegregation. The interval was once marked via new legislative protections opposed to housing discrimination, remarkable federal involvement in housing building, and widespread judicial backing for the activities of civil rights agencies.

through evaluating housing desegregation regulations to civil rights enforcement in employment and schooling, Bonastia deals an unequalled account of why civil rights rules diverge so sharply of their ambition and effectiveness.

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