Behind the Wall
Urban Black Geographies in Arkansas
Author(s): Airic Hughes

Examines the intersections of race and class, revealing how public policies reshaped the American urban landscape throughout the twentieth century

Collection: Black Studies
ISBN 9781916704374





How did discriminatory urban planning policies impact Black communities in twentieth century America?

Black urbanization throughout the early 1900s prompted plans for largescale urban renewal, displacing traditional Black communities across America. In a postwar nation, interstates were constructed as a means for national progress. Concurrently, federal interstate construction largely followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 national desegregation order and became a tool to intentionally re-segregate cities such as Litle Rock, Arkansas.

Behind the Wall explores how the combination of federal urban renewal projects worked in tandem with discriminatory planning policies at local, state, and federal level to reinforce white supremacy. An analysis of how urban Black geographies have evolved between 1935-1985, this book is ideal reading for US History, African American History, Black Studies, Urban Studies, and Sociology.

Airic Hughes PhD is an entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, and faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Arkansas.

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