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Civil Rights History

PRRAC is committed to promoting a deeper public understanding of our country’s history of racial oppression, and the ways in which that history is embedded in and perpetuated by current institutions and practices. At the same time, an appreciation of the history of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century can be an inspiration to current activists, as we see echoes and reflections of our work in present day justice movements.
  • Fifty Years of "The People v. HUD": A HUD 50th Anniversary Timeline of Significant Civil Rights Lawsuits and HUD Fair Housing Advances (February 2018)

  • Slideshow: HUD 50th Anniversary Timeline (April 2017)

  • Recent Civil Rights History Articles From Poverty & Race

    Other Teaching Resources

    Housing and School Segregation

    "Housing and School Segregation: Government Culpability, Government Remedies." (2005) These three historical studies, by Arnold Hirch, Raymond Mohl, and David Freund, funded by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, trace the development of federal housing and transportation policies in relation to increasing housing and school segregation in American metropolitan areas. These studies take a much closer look at the early decisions and policies within the federal ,bureaucracy that have been broadly described in works like Douglas Massey & Nancy Denton's American Apartheid.

    - Arnold Hirsch, "The Last and Most Difficult Barrier: Segregation and Federal Housing Policy in the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-1960" (2005)

    - Raymond Mohl, "The Interstates and the Cities: Highways, Housing, and the Freeway Revolt" (2002)

    - David Freund, "Democracy's Unfinished Business: Federal Policy and the Search for Fair Housing, 1961-1968" (2004)


    PRRAC periodically surveys current initiatives on reparations – proposed compensation for past racist policies and actions. These summaries are compiled here: Part 1 covers reparations listings from Poverty & Race from 1994-1999, and Part 2 covers 2000 to 2008.


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