Honors Program

[Honors-in-Discipline (Choose below)], Honors in History

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Dr. Daryl A. Carter

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Dr. William Burgess, Dr. Henry J. Antkiewicz


Throughout the late nineteenth century, into the twentieth century, and the twenty-first century, Black Americans have faced displacement, segregated housing, and limited economic prosperity. Due to this inequality, Black American’s face difficulties as they try to resurrect their hopes of the American Dream. To assess the experiences of Black Americans and the impact of racially segregated housing on Urban America, an examination of legislation, state-funded segregation, structural and systemic racism, and the acts of individuals in creating barriers to success for Black communities becomes necessary. This thesis works to understand and answer the question: to what extent does racially segregated housing impact Black Americans in urban America in the twenty-first century? When examining the historical, political, and social aspects of urban America for Black Americans, the disparities and inequalities come to the forefront. Within this study, authors address the systemic and structural issues that continue to diminish Black individuals within urban America. As policymakers, authors, and researchers work to tackle race, economic inequality, and the lack of economic mobility. This thesis brings attention to organizations that impede progress for those historically harmed.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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