Publisher description for Housing segregation in suburban America since 1960 : presidental and judicial politics / Charles M. Lamb.


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Counter This book examines national fair housing policy from 1960 through 2000 in the context of the American presidency and the country's segregated suburban housing market. It argues that a principal reason for suburban housing segregation lies in Richard Nixon's 1971 fair housing policy, which directed Federal agencies not to place pressure on suburbs to accept low-income housing. After exploring the role played by Lyndon Johnson in the initiation and passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Nixon's politics of suburban segregation is contrasted to the politics of suburban integration espoused by his HUD secretary, George Romney. Nixon's fair housing legacy is then traced through each presidential administration from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton and detected in the decisions of Nixon's Federal Court appointees.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Discrimination in housing United States History 20th century, Discrimination in housing Law and legislation United States History 20th century, Presidents United States Decision making History 20th century, Suburbs United States History 20th century, Housing policy United States History 20th century