Ernest Manheim


Bulletin of the Community Councils of Kansas City, Mo






Apart from the scientist, the practitioner Ernest Manheim should not be forgotten. During the 1940s in Kansas City, mainly under the influence of Chicago-style empirical social research, Manheim devoted himself primarily to urban sociology and also commissioned his studies to the Kansas City municipality, mainly on behalf of the Community Service Division created in 1943 by the Department of Welfare.



In this respect, especially Manheim's studies about neighbourhood models, problems of the youth, criminality and minorities deserve to be mentioned. Manheim showed particular commitment to civil rights in his advocacy for the formally legal, but de facto unpracticed admission of African-American students to the University of Kansas City. Since 1942, he furthered the creation of Community Councils in Kansas City, a sort of direct lobby for the population in every district. Within the scope of his community work, Manheim also edited a special journal on behalf of the city government: "Bulletin of the Community Councils of Kansas City, Mo."

          Title-page: Bulletin of the Community Councils of Kansas City, Mo.:
Bulletin Vol. 1, No. 1     Bulletin Vol. 1, No. 2
Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 1     Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 2     Bulletin Vol. 2, No. 3