These are selected readings and resources related to the webinar event, "UI, Racial Justice, and Political Activism: A CLAS Theme Year event," which occurred on 9/17/20.
- There is a rich scholarly literature on the history of racial segregation and housing discrimination in the United States, much of it focused on the experience of particular cities. For broad overviews, see the classic work by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, American Apartheid (1998), Stephen Meyer, As Long As They Don't Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in American Neighborhoods (1999) and the more recent synthesis by Richard Rothstein, The Color or Law (2016); book links are to publishers’ websites; there is a concise synopsis of The Color of Law here. For an assessment of the costs and consequences of segregation, see Elizabeth Anderson, The Imperative of Integration (2010); Kimberly Quick and Richard Kahlenberg, Attacking the Black–White Opportunity Gap That Comes from Residential Segregation (2019); and Demos, The Racial Wealth Gap (2016).
- On the use of racially-restrictive deed covenants, see the web projects Mapping Prejudice (Minneapolis), Mapping Segregation in Iowa City, and Mapping Segregation (Washington DC). A good, accessible overview is Richard Brooks and Carol Rose, “Racial Covenants and Segregation, Yesterday and Today” Strauss Institute Working Paper, August 2010.
- On housing discrimination in Iowa City and at the University of Iowa, see Richard Breaux, “‘Maintaining a Home for Girls’: The Iowa Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs at the University of Iowa, 1919-1950,” Journal of African American History 87 (Spring 2002); Richard Breaux, “Facing Hostility, Finding Housing: African-American Students at the University of Iowa, 1920s-1950s,” Iowa Heritage Illustrated (Spring 2002); Richard Breaux, “Nooses, Sheets, and Blackface: White Racial Anxiety and Black Student Presence as Power in the Midwest Flagship University, 1882-1936,” Perspectives in the History of Higher Education, 29, (September 2012), 23-43; and City of Iowa City, Preserving Black History in Iowa City: Tate Arms and the Iowa Federation Home.
- The history of “redlining” (public and private discrimination in mortgage finance and insurance) is outlined in the web project Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America. On redlining in Des Moines, see Kendyl Landeck, The Legacy of Redlining and Segregation on Des Moines, Iowa (2019) and the interactive online exhibit (developed by the Polk County Housing Trust) out of that research: Undesign the Red Line.
- For the broader patterns (and consequences) or racial segregation in Iowa, see Emily Seiple, Ashley Zitzner, Jerry Anthony, Ryan Dusil, Kirk Lehman, and Gabriel Martin, Racial Segregation in Iowa's Metro Areas, 1990 – 2010 (2017); Danya E. Keene and Mark B. Padilla, Race, class and the stigma of place: Moving to “opportunity” in Eastern Iowa, Health & Place, Volume 16, Issue 6, 2010, Pages 1216-1223.; and the Iowa Public Radio interview with Nicole Hannah-Jones on here experience of growing up in Waterloo.