Geography of Race in the United States
This Wikibook explores the spatial distribution of racial groups in the United States, their historical and contemporary causes, and the consequences for racial inequality. Location is important for accessing many goods and services: decent housing, employment opportunities, voting power, education, low-cost public services, a clean environment, connections to influential people. Managing the spatial distribution of racial groups has been a key tool for controlling who gets access to these goods and services. This website focuses on the role of government and law in determining the spacial distribution of racial groups, although some attention is also paid to private sector actions. The interactive maps and other information contained oj this site reveal several dimensions of this process.
The main authors of this book are Elizabeth Anderson and Jeffrey Jones. The Wikibook is based on their original work of 2002 and is reproduced here under its CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence. Modifications by the Wikibooks community are not necessarily endorsed by the original authors.
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