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Abandoned in the Heartland – Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis - California Scholarship Online
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Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis

Jennifer Hamer


Urban poverty, along with all of its poignant manifestations, is moving from city centers to working-class and industrial suburbs in contemporary America, and nowhere is this more evident than in East St. Louis, Illinois. Once a thriving manufacturing and transportation center, East St. Louis is now known for its unemployment, crime, and collapsing infrastructure. This book takes us into the lives of East St. Louis's predominantly African American residents to find out what has happened since industry abandoned the city, and jobs, quality schools, and city services disappeared, leaving people ... More

Keywords: urban poverty, working-class suburbs, industrial suburbs, East St. Louis, Illinois, unemployment, crime, infrastructure, African American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520269316
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Hamer, author