Decent, Safe and Sanitary Dwellings

The National Conversation About Public Housing, 1932–1973


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About the Book

In 1973, President Nixon halted new construction of public housing, claiming that the U.S. government had become “the biggest slumlord in history.” Four decades earlier, in the depths of the Great Depression, strong political support for federally-subsidized low-income housing had resulted in the Housing Act of 1937.
By the 1950s, growing criticism of the housing constructed by local authorities and prejudice against poor residents—particularly African Americans—fueled opposition to new projects. This book documents the lively and wide-ranging national debate over public housing from the New Deal to Nixon.

About the Author(s)

James P. Hubbard is retired and lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

James P. Hubbard
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 295
Bibliographic Info: 13 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7448-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3336-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1

Chapter One

Competing Visions  3

Chapter Two

The 1937 Housing Act  42

Chapter Three

The 1949 Housing Act  64

Chapter Four

After the 1949 Act  101

Chapter Five

Buildings  132

Chapter Six

Tenants  159

Chapter Seven

African Americans  185

Chapter Eight

Final Judgments  221

Conclusions  237

Chapter Notes  245

Bibliography  269

Index  283