A combination of economics and racial discrimination has over many years forced Negroes into unequal and inadequate housing and living conditions. The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 attempted to contribute to the arsenal of legislation with which the federal government hopes to eliminate the ghetto from the American scene. This comment examines this most controversial of recent civil rights laws in light of the social context from which it arose. Areas of potential difficulty in interpretation and construction of the statute are analyzed and conclusions drawn as to the probable effectiveness of the Act in relieving the social evils to which it is directed.

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