Rebuild Talk: Beryl Satter

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Meet Beryl Satter, author of Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America. Satter is a Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark and 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. Her book argues that the decline of black Chicago neighborhoods into slums had nothing to do with the absence of African-American resources and everything to do with subjugation, greed and exploitation that kept blacks segregated and impoverished.

Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (2009) won the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for best book in civil rights history and the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award in History. It was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, awarded by the Columbia School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard for the best non-fiction book of the year, and a finalist for the Ron Ridenhouer Book Prize, awarded to “those that persevere in acts of truth-telling.” Family Properties was also listed as among the top ten books of the year by several newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2015, she won a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to work on her new book project, a history of Chicago’s ShoreBank.