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In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them.

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Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world-class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds, and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago. The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago as one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities—including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore—can fight over that mantle, it's clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major U.S. cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, each group clustered in their various turfs.

In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. The South Side shows the important impact of Chicago's historic segregation and the ongoing policies that keep it that way.

"You don’t have to have lived in Chicago to appreciate this eye-opening book, but if you ever did, you will completely get how this city of so many different races and nationalities managed to remain segregated in so many ways." ---Sound Commentary

"Johnson's low, clear voice and reportorial tone perfectly match the book's bleak but hopeful outlook, helping to make the book accessible for every listener." ---AudioFile

The South Side

A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

Author Natalie Y. Moore

Narrated by Allyson Johnson

Publication date Jun 15, 2016

Running time 9 hrs

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