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ENGL 1A Storer

Guide to ENGL 1A Research

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Guide to ENGL 1A Research

Background Information

Background on Housing Discrimination

Take 10 minutes to skim and discuss one of the sources below with your group.  What issues do they bring up related to housing discrimination?  What keywords do they use? 

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  1. Housing Discrimination (2015)
  2. Blacks and Hispanics Face Extra Challenges in Getting Home Loans (2017)
  3. The Encyclopedia of Housing (2012) - look up definitions for redlining and restrictive covenants
  4. Affordable Housing (2016)


What are the relevant keywords for your topic?  For example if you wanted to research redlining some keywords might be:

  • Discrimination, segregation
  • Redlining, greenlining
  • Loans, banks, financing, mortgages
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA),Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC)
  • Residential security maps
  • Fair Housing Act, Community Reinvestment Act

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