Date of Award


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University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

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First Advisor

Dr. John Reid


The application of Duncans' theory of residential succession is applied to the black population of Atlanta, Georgia, from 1960 to 1970. An attempt has also been made to describe the areas in which the black population resides and the directions in which the black population is expanding.

Rapid growth in the population increased the pattern of residential segregation in Atlanta. There are mechanics which operate to influence housing patterns in a city. Problems of land acquisition are characterized by and perpetuated through systemized segregated housing, zoning ordinances, street closures, the placement of cemetaries, and public housing projects. These factors have great influence on housing patterns in the city. Ready-made barriers are useful buffer zones between the black and white sections of the city. This study attempts to describe the spatial distribution of the black population of Atlanta, Georgia.

The main source of information was the work of Otis and Beverly Duncan in their book, The Negro Population of Chicago, which was used as a theoretical basis for definitions of categories used in analyzing census tracts. Also, the study employs statistical techniques. The 1970 Census of Population and Housing and a booklet 1 published by the Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission, Population and Housing, 1972, provides information concerning the expansion of the black population.

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