The documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is arguably the best historical record available of the ill-fated St. Louis high-rise housing project, completed in 1956 and demolished with much publicity in the early 1970s. The film combines wrenching interviews with articulate former residents—many of whom spent their formative childhood years in the project in its earlier, more optimistic phase—extensive period clips, and a limited amount of accessible scholarly commentary to create an extraordinary viewing experience. The Pruitt-Igoe story is part of one of the best-known episodes in the twentieth-century migration of many African Americans from poverty in the rural South to what until the 1950s were plentiful low-wage industrial jobs in northern industrial cities.

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