Department of History

Beryl Satter's Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America

Beryl Satter's Family Properties "is really an incredible book. It is, by far, the best book I've ever read on the relationship between blacks and Jews. That's because it hones in on the relationship between one specific black community and one specific Jewish community and thus revels in the particular humanity of all its actors. In going small, it ultimately goes big. But the most affecting aspect of the book is the demonstration of the ghetto not as a product of a violent music, super-predators, or declining respect for marriage, but of policy and power." Read more of Ta-Nehisi Coates' article in the The Atlantic here. Chicagomag.com and the current issue of Reviews in American History also discusses this ground-breaking work.