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Notes for "Bandstand's Backyard"

[i] “The Official 1955 ‘Bandstand’ Yearbook,” [no publication information listed], in author’s possession, 13.
[ii] Margaret Weir, “Urban Poverty and Defensive Localism,” Dissent, Summer 1994, 337-42; Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996), 210. On the fights over open housing in other cities, see Robert Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003), 159-170; Becky Nicolaides, My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002); David Freund, Colored Property: State Policy & White Racial Politics in Suburban America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007); Arnold Hirsch, “Massive Resistance in the Urban North: Trumbull Park, Chicago, 1953-1966,” Journal of American History, 82 (September, 1995), 522-550.
[iii] Freund, Colored Property, 13.
[iv] Charles Abrams, Forbidden Neighbors: A Study of Prejudice in Housing (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1955), ix.
[v] Anna McCarthy, Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001), 16.
[vi] “WFIL, WFIL-TV Now Operating From Integrated New Quarters,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1952.
[vii] Commission on Human Relations (CHR), “Philadelphia’s Negro Population: Facts on Housing,” October 1953, CHR collection, box A-620, folder 148.4, Philadelphia City Archives (PCA).
[viii] Ibid.
[ix] Ibid.
[x] CHR, “Philadelphia’s Non-White Population 1960, Report no.1, Demographic Data,” box A-621, folder 148.4, PCA.
[xi] Davis McAllister, “Between the Suburbs and the Ghetto: Racial and Economic Change in Philadelphia, 1933-1985” (Ph.D. diss., Temple University, 2006), 151. Original quotation in Clarence Cave, “Equal Housing Opportunity: Real Estate Dilemma,” Realtor 41 (May 1960), 4.
[xii] Abrams, Forbidden Neighbors, 171.
[xiii] CHR, “Philadelphia’s Negro Population: Facts on Housing.”
[xiv] CHR, “A Report on the Housing of Negro Philadelphians,” 1953, CHR collection, box A-620, folder 148.4, PCA; CHR, “Philadelphia’s Negro Population: Facts on Housing.”
[xv] Beryl Satter, Family Properties: Race, Real Estate and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2009), 6.
[xvi] CHR, “Annual Report, 1953,” 1953, CHR collection, box A-620, folder 148.4, PCA; Countryman, Up South, 58.
[xvii] On the CHR’s response to employment discrimination cases, see Countryman, Up South, 58-68.
[xviii] Countryman, Up South, 92-95.
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