In the 1950’s African American Studebaker workers from the South won out over Jim Crow in the North to build 22 homes in a white neighborhood and create a legacy. The book shows housing discrimination and redlining in a Northern industrial city. And the success of Better Homes demonstrates the decisive importance of fair housing for generations to come.

In the 1950’s African American Studebaker workers from the South won out over Jim Crow in the North to build 22 homes in a white neighborhood and create a legacy. The book shows housing discrimination and redlining in a Northern industrial city. And the success of Better Homes demonstrates the decisive importance of fair housing for generations to come.

Recognitions and Reviews

Selected “One Bar, One Book” by the St. Joseph County Bar Foundation in 2016.

Supplementary feature of “One Book/One Michiana” 2017.

Featured at Fighting For Housing Conference, Notre Dame University, April 19-20, 2018.

Inivted by Sterling Prof. Elijah Anderson to Yale University, Oct. 15, 2018.

“An eye opening look at racial issues in America after WW II and up to the present.” Don Halasz, GOODREADS

Insightful and powerful. A part of South Bend’s history that cannot be ignored.” Carter A, GOODREADS

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Leroy Cobb, original member of Better Homes, and Gabrielle Robinson at dedication of Better Homes State Historic Marker 2016. Speaker: Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Leroy Cobb, original member of Better Homes, and Gabrielle Robinson at dedication of Better Homes State Historic Marker 2016. Speaker: Mayor Pete Buttigieg

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