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Please Join Us for a Talk on Zoom about the Forces that have Created the Demographics of Lincoln and MetroWest Today.

“The Road to Segregation:
Lincoln, Route 128, Suburban Liberals and the Long Roots of Inequality”

Dr. Lily Geismer
Department of History
Claremont McKenna College

When: Thursday, January 13, 2022, on Zoom at 7:00 pm.  (Zoom link below)

Who: Dr. Lily Geismer, Associate Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, and author of Don’t Blame Us, Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality.  Dr. Geismer focuses on 20th century political and urban history.

What: How did Boston’s western suburbs become the largely white and affluent communities they are in 2022?   Dr. Geismer examines the results of post-war federal policies and local suburbanization and their impacts on race and class in residential patterns in Lincoln and surrounding towns.   Have our liberal commitments prevented the kinds of structural changes we need today for a more equitable society?

Which Towns: Boston western suburbs along Boston’s Route 128 “Technology Highway” specifically

  • Lincoln
  • Concord
  • Lexington
  • Newton
  • Brookline

Introduction by: Dr. Elise Lemire, author of Black Walden, writes “This is local history at its finest, both particular in its questions and far reaching with its answers. I will never see my hometown of Lincoln, Massachusetts, in quite the same way again.”

Sponsored by: First Parish Lincoln’s Racial Justice Journey, the Lincoln Public Library, WIDE Lincoln (Welcome, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity), an organization of Lincoln resident, and the Lincoln Historical Society

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