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When Tenants Claimed the City: The Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing

Roberta Gold


In postwar America, not everyone wanted to move out of the city and into the suburbs. For decades before World War II, New York's tenants had organized to secure renters' rights. After the war, tenant activists raised the stakes by challenging the newly dominant ideal of homeownership in racially segregated suburbs. They insisted that renters as well as owners had rights to stable, well-maintained homes, and they proposed that racially diverse urban communities held a right to remain in place—a right that outweighed owners' rights to raise rents, redevelop properties, or exclude tenants of col ... More

Keywords: homeownership, World War II, tenant activists, tenant movement, New York City, urban community rights, urban neighborhood, housing, citizenship, housing tenants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038181
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberta Gold, author
Fordham University