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The Limits Of Jim Crow: Race And The Provision Of Water And Sewerage Services In American Cities, 1880 1925

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  • Troesken, Werner
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    This article addresses two related questions. To what extent did cities and towns provide African Americans adequate water and sewer services during the era of Jim Crow (1880 1925)? What motivated local governments to allow African Americans access to water and sewerage services? In light of the treatment African Americans received from state and local governments in areas such as education and police protection, it seems odd that blacks would have received any water and sewer service. Two explanations considered focus on fear of epidemic disease, and variation in the extent of residential segregation over time and across cities.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 03 (September)
    Pages: 734-772

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:62:y:2002:i:03:p:734-772_00

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    Cited by:
    1. Leah Platt Boustan & Devin Bunten & Owen Hearey, 2013. "Urbanization in the United States, 1800-2000," NBER Working Papers 19041, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. David Frisvold & Ezra Golberstein, 2013. "The Effect of School Quality on Black-White Health Differences: Evidence From Segregated Southern Schools," Demography, Springer, vol. 50(6), pages 1989-2012, December.

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