Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Professor Jane Knodell

Second Advisor

Professor Stephanie Seguino


housing, segregation, Cleveland


It is no secret that African Americans have been and continue to be marginalized in American society. A revival of racial justice movements and protests have brought the issue back into the public eye across the country and even here at UVM. As this is being written, black lives matter flags fly high across campus and the Waterman building is serving as the epicenter of a demonstration motivated by the unfair treatment of minority students in a university setting. While black lives matter movements and others like it have been helpful in bringing to light the current position of minorities in America, understanding how it is that the state of affairs got to where they are is paramount. A commonly believed narrative is that the rising levels of segregation since the end of court ordered integration are the result of innocent private decisions, otherwise known as de facto or voluntary segregation. This paper will argue that modern segregation is in some significant parts the result of a combination of court decisions and discriminatory housing policies that have had long-term detrimental consequences for the education of African American Youth.

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