Residential Desegregation

January 15, 1958

Report Outline
Steps to Combat Discrimination in Housing
Racial Trends in City Living Patterns
Attitudes Toward Residential Integration

Steps to Combat Discrimination in Housing

New Sphere of Action in the Fight on Racial Bias

Anti-Bias measures now being pressed upon lawmakers by minority groups in many states and large cities give evidence that the struggle against racial discrimination has entered a new phase, Laws restricting or forbidding racial discrimination in the rental or sale of apartments or of houses in new real estate developments were enacted by the legislatures of five states in 1957. At the end of the year New York City took the longest step yet attempted by an American municipality to further racial equality in private housing.

The large cities of the North, where Negro populations are overflowing the boundaries of segregated neighborhoods, are the centers of agitation for equal treatment of the races in sale or rental of housing accommodations. Pressure for removal of barriers to occupancy of homes in white districts by Negro families has been building up since the Supreme Court rendered its decision in 1954 requiring eventual integration of public school systems.

Large parts of the South are trying to ward off school desegregation by resort to a wide variety of legal devices; in the North partial racial segregation hangs on in many schools as a result of persisting residential segregation, which is reflected in school enrollments.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Segregation and Desegregation
Apr. 23, 2004  School Desegregation
Oct. 18, 1996  Rethinking School Integration
Feb. 24, 1995  Housing Discrimination
Dec. 26, 1975  Busing Reappraisal
May 03, 1974  Desegregation After 20 Years
Aug. 24, 1973  Educational Equality
Sep. 06, 1972  Blacks on Campus
Mar. 01, 1972  School Busing and Politics
Aug. 16, 1967  Open Housing
Apr. 29, 1964  School Desegregation: 1954–1964
Feb. 06, 1963  Interracial Housing
Aug. 27, 1958  School Integration: Fifth Year
Jan. 15, 1958  Residential Desegregation
Oct. 16, 1957  Legal Processes in Race Relations
Oct. 17, 1956  Enforcement of School Integration
Jan. 12, 1955  School Desegregation
Sep. 03, 1954  Segregation in Churches
Oct. 08, 1952  Race Segregation
Nov. 07, 1947  Negro Segregation
Civil Rights: African Americans
Fair Housing and Housing for Special Groups
Segregation and Desegregation