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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Weston

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
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Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Chicago Defender (Daily Edition) (1960-1973); Feb.2, 1967; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Chicago Defender pg.1

AEC Won%u2019t Require Weston Mixing by Bill Van Alstine

The Atomic Energy Commission will not demand that Weston , Ill, comply with Civil Rights Act of 1964 or establish fair housing as a prerequisite to building the $375 million atom smasher in the all-white town.

…Ever since the Weston site was selected, a battle has waged among Illinois lawmakers on whether or not state open housing legislation would be necessary to keep the multi-million dollar plant from being taken away because of bis government policies.

…%u201DUnlike the other areas which participated in the competition for the AEC facility, metropolitan Chicago alone has taken no positive steps to confront its racial problems.
%u201CWhen one considers that application from areas other than Chicago were reinforced by state fair hosing laws and other state and locally develop programs to break down segregation in employment, education, housing and related facilities, the determination of the Atomic Energy Commission to base its selection of Chicago on mere assurance of discrimination must raise serious questions concerning the AEC%u2019s good intentions…