For over one hundred years, legalized racial segregation, widely seen through redlining, Jim Crow laws and economic disparities, decided who got what in America. Over the last century, racial apartheid went through several evolutions and, some argue, especially in light to present-day health disparities around COVID-19, that it never quite disappeared. This talk explores the subtle and dynamic ways in which segregated communities, institutions and consumer spaces transformed after World War II, and not always for the better, setting the stage for today’s forms of racism. Prof. N. D. B. Connolly will share primary documents and stories that trouble our typical good vs. evil understanding of apartheid.
N. D. B. Connolly is Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014). He also the cohost of the BackStory podcast.
This event is part of the Indiana Historical Society’s Living the Legacy program, a series of community conversations exploring how redlining—the discriminatory practice by which banks refuse or limit mortgages to people of color—still defines much of where people live or can live in Indianapolis. These federal government policies reinforced segregation and disinvestment in parts of the community, still felt today in black neighborhoods. The series features interdisciplinary community discussions with advocates, leaders and scholars to examine the tangled roots of race, class and housing in Indianapolis and grapple with its consequences.
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Visit www.indianahistory.org to learn dates, descriptions and speakers for other conversations in the series. For more information, contact the Indiana Historical Society at 317.232.1882.
This program received support from an INcommon Grant, offered by Indiana Humanities, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.