Arnold Hirsch: Assessing the Legacy of the Second Ghetto Thesis

AHA Session 171
Saturday, January 5, 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Marquette Room (Hilton Chicago, Third Floor)
Amanda I. Seligman, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Simon Balto, University of Iowa
Nathan Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Destin Jenkins, University of Chicago

Session Abstract

Before 1980, most American historians distinguished de jure forms of segregation in the Jim Crow South from de facto patterns of discrimination in the urban North. Arnold Hirsch’s Making the Second Ghetto (1983) changed the debate. Hirsch demonstrated how a new state-sanctioned segregation constituted a racial exclusion that was “so pervasive, so deep, that it virtually constituted a new form of de jure segregation.”
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