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The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit

Author: Thomas J Sugrue
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1996.
Series: Princeton studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this provocative revision of postwar American history, Sugrue finds cities already fiercely divided by race and devastated by the exodus of industries. He focuses on urban neighborhoods, where white working-class homeowners mobilized to prevent integration as blacks tried to move out of the crumbling and overcrowded inner city. Weaving together the history of workplaces, unions, civil rights groups, political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Sugrue
ISBN: 069101101X 9780691011011 0691058881 9780691058887
OCLC Number: 34472849
Awards: Bancroft Prize, 1998.
Description: xviii, 375 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: "Arsenal of democracy" --
"Detroit's time bomb": race and housing in the 1940s --
"The coffin of peace": the containment of public housing --
"The meanest and the dirtiest jobs": the structures of employment discrimination --
"The damning mark of false prosperities": the deindustrialization of Detroit --
"Forget about your inalienable right to work": responses to industrial decline and discrimination --
Class, status, and residence: the changing geography of black Detroit --
"Homeowners' rights": white resistance and the rise of antiliberalism --
"United communities are impregnable": violence and the color line --
Crisis: Detroit and the fate of postindustrial America.
Series Title: Princeton studies in American politics.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Sugrue.
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