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By Emily E. Straus

Compton, California, is frequently linked within the public brain with city America's hardest difficulties, together with monetary disinvestment, gang violence, and failing public faculties. prior to it turned synonymous with inner-city decay, even though, Compton's affordability, proximity to production jobs, and site ten miles outdoors downtown la made it beautiful to aspiring suburbanites looking single-family houses and caliber faculties. As Compton confronted demanding situations within the 20th century, and because the majority inhabitants shifted from white to African American after which to Latino, the conflict for regulate over the college district turned symbolic of Compton's financial, social, and political crises.

Death of a Suburban Dream explores the historical past of Compton from its founding within the overdue 19th century to the current, taking up 3 severe issues—the historical past of race and academic fairness, the connection among colleges and position, and the complex intersection of education and municipal economies—as they formed a l. a. suburb experiencing fiscal and demographic transformation. Emily E. Straus rigorously strains the roots of antagonism among traditionally disenfranchised populations, blacks and Latinos, as those teams resisted municipal energy sharing inside of a context of shortage. utilizing archival examine and oral histories, this advanced narrative finds how more and more racialized poverty and violence made Compton, like different inner-ring suburbs, resemble a stricken city heart. eventually, the publication argues that Compton's institution obstacle isn't really, at middle, a concern of schooling; it's a long term challenge of development.

Avoiding simplistic dichotomies among city and suburban, Death of a Suburban Dream broadens our knowing of the dynamics connecting citizens and associations of the suburbs, in addition to the altering ethnic and political panorama in metropolitan America.

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