Nicknamed both “Mobtown” and “Charm City” and located on the
border of the North and South, Baltimore is a city of contradictions.
From media depictions in The Wire to the real-life trial of police
officers for the murder of Freddie Gray, Baltimore has become a
quintessential example of a struggling American city. Yet the truth
about Baltimore is far more complicated—and more fascinating.
To help untangle
these apparent paradoxes, the editors of Baltimore Revisited
have assembled a collection of over thirty experts from inside and
outside academia. Together, they reveal that Baltimore has been
ground zero for a slew of neoliberal policies, a place where
inequality has increased as corporate interests have eagerly
privatized public goods and services to maximize profits. But they
also uncover how community members resist and reveal a long tradition
of Baltimoreans who have fought for social justice.
The essays in this
collection take readers on a tour through the city’s diverse
neighborhoods, from the Lumbee Indian community in East Baltimore to
the crusade for environmental justice in South Baltimore. Baltimore
Revisited examines the city’s past, reflects upon the city’s
present, and envisions the city’s future.