In 1980, the Supreme Court case United States v. City of Yonkers officially recognized Yonkers’ intentional segregation of its public housing and schools on the basis of race. Despite subsequent rulings that the city resisted plans for eliminating such race-based discrimination, the federal lawsuit initiated attempts to integrate society that sparked local outrage and national interest in the Westchester County city. In 2007 Judge Leonard B. Sand settled the case, providing $300 million dollars in aid to minority children in the Yonkers’ school district and to maintain low-income public housing. Mayor Philip A. Amicone declared with pride that the “‘unfortunate chapter’” of Yonkers’ history had come to an end, and that the city was finally fully integrated.
Those who study Yonkers’ past and present know that this is not entirely true. Its history of discrimination is complicated and “Uncovering Yonkers: A Case Study” endeavors to better understand Yonkers as an American city-suburb plagued by inequality through a number of lenses. It examines Yonkers’ population through racial, ethnic, housing, crime and economic statistics and explores the developments that led to Yonkers’ suburban and city identities. It investigates the political, economic and transportation history of Yonkers. It assesses the idea of the inner ring suburb before and after World War II through an analysis of Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson, Tuckahoe and Bronxville, New York. It surveys Yonkers’ parks and natural environments, its cultural and artistic identities, and its portrayal in the media. It chronicles the desegregation process in Yonkers and provides a contextual history of the civil rights movement. Through this broad interdisciplinary approach, “Uncovering Yonkers: A Case Study” fully explores the complex reasons why Yonkers became a battleground for civil rights in the late twentieth century.
 Fernanda Santos, “After 27 Years, Yonkers Housing Desegregation Battle Ends Quietly in Manhattan Court,” New York Times, May 2, 2007.
 Fernanda Santos, “Mixed Success in Yonkers,” New York Times, May 28, 2006.
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