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Author Wilson, William H. (William Henry), 1935-

Title Hamilton Park : a planned Black community in Dallas / William H. Wilson.

Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1998]


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 UniM Store  Q63401    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Creating the North American landscape.
Creating the North American landscape.
Notes Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Va.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-248) and index.
Contents 1. Community and the History of Hamilton Park -- 2. Searching for a Black Subdivision -- 3. Organizing for Hamilton Park -- 4. A Transition in White and Black -- 5. The Early Community and Beyond -- 6. Organizing in Hamilton Park -- 7. School and Community -- 8. The School Transformed -- 9. Another Transition and the Buyout -- 10. A Mature Community and Its Meaning -- App. A. The City Directories and the Control Neighborhood -- App. B. Census and Tax Information -- App. C. The Occupational Scale.
Summary In Hamilton Park, William Wilson brings to light the history of how both black and white citizens of Dallas worked together to create a thriving African-American planned community. Through interviews with pioneer residents and development planners, coupled with research into the politics and problems they faced, Wilson traces the evolution of Hamilton Park from idealistic plans to true residential community.
Placing this movement by Dallas blacks to obtain decent housing into the broader context of rapid postwar growth in the United States, Wilson examines how the assault on housing segregation waged by Dallas's black leadership matched the struggles of African-American leaders throughout the nation. He outlines the dilemma of identifying and procuring a suitable tract of land - one large enough, near African-American employment, and far enough from whites' neighborhoods that the development would not be opposed. He also examines individual struggles, from procuring utilities in the new neighborhood to arranging financing for new home buyers to choosing street names.
Other author Center for American Places.
Subject African Americans -- Texas -- Dallas -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Texas -- Dallas -- Social conditions.
Hamilton Park (Dallas, Tex.) -- History.
Dallas (Tex.) -- History.
ISBN 080185766X (alk. paper)