A clear-eyed and harrowing story of a largely African American community's struggles in the face of grinding poverty, urban renewal schemes gone wrong, and a forced ghettoization by the sea.
This study is required reading for historians... Highly recommended.
a photographic portrait through fifteen well-chosen images, each really saying more than a thousand words
(Eugenie L. Birch The Journal of American History
Overall this is a very good book...that is worth the time of any scholar with an interest in urban development...I plan to have my doctoral students read it.
(Robert K. Whelan Journal of Urban Affairs
A wonderful combination of scholarship and nostalgia. The Kaplans are astute historians/sociologists and their book reads like a trip down memory lane. Throughout the manuscript there are insightful analyses of an autocratic, but imaginative, power broker, rapacious real estate investors, and insensitive politicians. This enthralling narrative shows us, once again, how racism, greed, and stupidity combined to destroy a once thriving middle class community.
(Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona)