Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage

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In 1950, a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory in South Bend met in secret. Their mission was to build homes away from the factories and slums where they were forced to live. They came from the South to make a better life for themselves and their children, but they found Jim Crow in the North as well. The meeting gave birth to Better Homes of South Bend, and a triumph against the entrenched racism of the times took all their courage, intelligence and perseverance. Author Gabrielle Robinson tells the story of their struggle and provides an intimate glimpse into a part of history that all too often is forgotten.
ISBN: 9781467118651
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Indiana
Series: American Heritage
Images: 41
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Gabrielle Robinson is a retired English professor and author of several books on local history as well as a memoir. She was awarded the keys of the city of South Bend and a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's highest honor. Gabrielle was born in Berlin, received her PhD from the University of London, her MA from Columbia University and her BA from the University of Illinois. She has worked at universities in both the United States and Europe.
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