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Pittsburgh and the Urban League MovementA Century of Social Service and Activism$
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Joe William Trotter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179919

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179919.001.0001

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Combating Inequality in the Postwar City

Combating Inequality in the Postwar City

(p.115) 5 Combating Inequality in the Postwar City
Pittsburgh and the Urban League Movement

Joe William Trotter

University Press of Kentucky

Despite significant achievements during the interwar years, the Pittsburgh branch encountered the persistence and even intensification of racial inequality in the postwar urban political economy. Deindustrialization, urban renewal, neighborhood depopulation, and global economic restructuring reinforced the color line in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. The Urban League emerged at the organizing center of early efforts to offset the destructive impact of these local, national, and transnational developments on the city's African American community. The agency pressed employers, public officials, and labor unions to increase opportunities for African Americans in a broad range of skilled, clerical, and professional occupations and stimulated the growth of the black middle class.

Keywords:   Urban Renewal, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Housing, Health, Education, Social Work

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