October 6: Nathan Connolly on “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida”

In A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, N. D. B. Connolly explores the history of real estate development and political power by offering an unprecedented look at the complexities of property ownership during the early and mid-twentieth century. Connolly argues that black and white property owners, in their various defenses of property rights, used Jim Crow segregation and other forms of white supremacy as instruments of economic growth and as core features of liberal governance.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Michigan, N. D. B. Connolly is Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published widely on the history of racial segregation, capitalism, and American politics. He also serves as one of the founding researchers of “Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America,” a digital humanities project that brings the documents and maps of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation out of the National Archives to the public.

The seminar meets at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support. Reservations requested because of limited seating: WHS@wilsoncenter.org