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Book is right on the mark,
This review is from: When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (Hardcover)
Regarding the comments of Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Frantzman: yes, blacks may have been heavily represented in the military, but no, they were NOT able to take advantage of the G.I. Bill to obtain Veteran's mortgage loans.
Due to legal restrictions, restrictive convenants, and general violence and protests, blacks in the U.S. in the 1940's and 1950's were limited to obtaining housing in only all-black neighborhoods, or in neighborhoods that were rapidly turning all-black. There has been much research done showing that the FHA and VA both participated in redlining, and refused to provide home mortgages in neighborhoods which were all black, or on the verge of becoming all-black.
Therefore, any black veteran who wished to purchase a home using his/her V.A. benefits would be severely restricted, by A) not being able to buy a home outside of a black neighborhood, where mortgage funds were readily available and B) being able to find a home in a black neighborhood, but not being able to receive mortgage money to purchase it.
Check out the book "From the Tenements to the Taylor Homes: In Search of an Urban Housing Policy in Twentieth-Century America" to see that what I am saying is correct.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2009 7:50:00 AM PDT
N. F. Taussig says:
Your points are well-taken. They puncture some of the myriad holes in the argument made in Seth J. Frantzman's review. However, they do not constitute a review of this book, so I would have posted them as a comment on Frantzman's review.
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