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CollectionsYour library (437)

Reviews15 reviews

Tagsphilosophy (83), race (78), law (75), racism (61), history (55), comics (49), humor (38), fiction (30), critical race theory (26), religion (26) — see all tags

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About meVisiting Assistant Professor, Univ. of Illinois College of Law (2011-12)

Political and Legal Blogger at The Debate Link (, and co-blogger at The Moderate Voice (

Carleton College '08
Univ. of Chicago Law School '11

About my libraryI love critical race theory and its assorted fields. Beyond that, my interests are...eclectic.


Favorite authorsDerrick Bell, Martha Minow, Iris Marion Young (Shared favorites)


Real nameDavid Schraub

LocationChampaign, IL

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 17, 2006

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I happened to see your post at atdilts profile page. Below is my mini review of Family Properties... -- About racial discrimination in housing on the west side of Chicago. It may -- or it may not -- interest you.

" Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America… by Beryl Satter

Basically, this is a story of 1950s/1960s racial discrimination in housing and manipulation of both white and black property owners or buyers by lenders, real estate agents and speculators, in one neighborhood in Chicago. Interwoven in the discrimination story is a mini-biography of the author's father, an attorney, who tried to help the black buyers being discriminated against.

The mortgage lenders, including the Federal Housing Administration, so-called "red lined" certain neighborhoods which were occupied by blacks or susceptible of such occupation. Red lining meant literally drawing red lines on a map and that mortgages were hard to come by in those areas. In the meantime, real estate agents sometimes spread panic in white areas by saying that the neighborhood was going to be overrun; sometimes known as "blockbusting." Notwithstanding the red lining, however, banks would make mortgage loans to the speculators.

The outcome of all this was that (1) white owners sold out at low prices to speculators, some of whom were real estate agents or in cahoots with the agents, (2) black buyers purchased property at much higher prices in these areas and the purchases were based on contracts to buy as opposed to mortgages. Contracts to buy conferred few rights to the debtor and led to quick foreclosures. All-in-all, not a proud moment in American history.

This is a well written, not often told story on a location specific basis, told in an unusual and interesting way. "

Also, Richard Taub, a U of C professor (in economics??? not sure...), wrote a book called Community Capitalism on the South Shore Bank which is noted nationally for neighborhood revitalization lending and development in poorer, generally black areas, originally in Chicago and later in a much wider area.

You might also have an interest in Alex Kotlowitz' book, There Are No Children Here... about race and poverty in Chicago zeroing in on a micro view. And, finally, The Other Side of the River. by the same guy about racial issues in Benton Harbor & St. Joseph, Michigan (Mostly black and poor / mostly white and upscale communities, respectively, right across Lake Michigan from Chicago).

Sorry I got so windy, it's a fascinating and complicated subject... Good luck at U of C Law School.

Bill a/k/a bookblotter
seek out bernard harcourt at the law school. and spend time across the midway at the political theory workshop, and all will be well.
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