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Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit

Karen R. Miller


In the wake of the Civil War, many white northern leaders supported race-neutral laws and anti-discrimination statutes. These positions helped amplify the distinctions they drew between their political economic system, which they saw as forward-thinking in its promotion of free market capitalism, and the now vanquished southern system, which had been built on slavery. But this interest in legal race neutrality should not be mistaken for an effort to integrate northern African Americans into the state or society on an equal footing with whites. During the Great Migration, which brought tens of ... More

Keywords: race-neutral laws, anti-discrimination statutes, race neutrality, Great Migration, African Americans, race relations, racial liberalism, racial inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479880096
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479880096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen R. Miller, author