We welcome Emmy Award-winning TV producer and author Linda Gartz for a discussion of her fascinating new book, Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. Set on Chicago's West Side against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, it exposes the racist lending rules that refused mortgages to anyone in the areas with even one black resident. But Ms. Gartz's parents chose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they met and formed friendships with their African-American neighbors.
“A stunning debut memoir.” --Kirkus Reviews [starred]
“In this compelling journey into the depths of racism, Linda Gartz peels back the onion of America’s original sin to a new level. A captivating personal story told through the lives of her Chicago family, Gartz probes the invisible web of oppression that affected both whites and blacks. Redlining destroyed the American dream without its victims even knowing it. But through the investigative work of Linda Gartz now we know.” — Bill Kurtis, author, Peabody and Emmy Award-winner, and news anchor for the CBS Television Network and TV host for A&E.
Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger, educator, and archivist. Her documentaries and TV productions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Investigation Discovery, syndicated nation-wide. Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou. Gartz's articles and essays have been published in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. Born in Chicago, she studied at both Northwestern and the University of Munich, and has lived most of her adult life in Evanston, IL. She earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Northwestern.
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago's West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands.