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The making of Black Detroit in the age of Henry Ford

Author: Beth Tompkins Bates
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: In the 1920s, Henry Ford hired thousands of African American men for his open-shop system of auto manufacturing. This move was a rejection of the notion that better jobs were for white men only. In The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford, Beth Tompkins Bates explains how black Detroiters, newly arrived from the South, seized the economic opportunities offered by Ford in the hope of gaining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beth Tompkins Bates
ISBN: 9780807835647 0807835641 9781469613857 1469613859
OCLC Number: 780288679
Description: xiii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations used in the text --
Introduction --
1: With the wind at their backs: migration to Detroit --
2: Henry Ford ushers in a new era for Black workers --
3: Politics of inclusion and the construction of a new Detroit --
4: Drawing the color line in housing, 1915-1930 --
5: Politics of unemployment in depression-era Detroit, 1927-1931 --
6: Henry Ford at a crossroads: Inkster and the Ford Hunger March --
7: Behind the mask of civility: Black politics in Detroit, 1932-1935 --
8: Charting a new course for Black workers --
9: Black workers change tactics, 1937-1941 --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Beth Tompkins Bates.

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