Lessons of place: The creation of physical and curricular segregation in Chicago between 1910 and 1925

Kenya Davis-Hayes, Purdue University


At the turn of the twentieth century, the city of Chicago experienced intense social and political shifts. Immigration, black migration from the South and industrialization quickly began to define America's second city. As the city was heralded worldwide for its strides in industry and business, its masses of ethnically and racially diverse workers received lessons on the nature of their positions within the city which were not always as flattering. Esteemed areas and personas like the Gold Coast and George Pullman were often associated with Chicago during the early twentieth-century, but the city itself both spatially and educationally taught its residents of their varying social positions based on race, class, address and education. This dissertation seeks to explore the social lessons of place received by Chicagoans between 1910 and 1925. By exploring the dynamic of home address and the secondary school experience, this text articulates the role of such entities in the construction of racial consciousness and social positioning in turn of the twentieth-century Chicago.




Williams, Purdue University.

Subject Area

American studies|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology|African Americans

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