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Life for us is what we make it : building Black community in Detroit, 1915-1945

Author: Richard Walter Thomas
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1992.
Series: Blacks in the diaspora.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The process of black community building was not smooth or free of conflict. There was much trial and error and more than a little rancor between its chief builders and benefactors. Notwithstanding those impediments, by 1945 the black community in Detroit had developed into one of the major centers of black progress." "Richard W. Thomas begins his analysis of black community building in the key period 1915-1945 by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Thomas, Richard Walter, 1939-
Life for us is what we make it.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)988546625
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Walter Thomas
ISBN: 0253359902 9780253359902
OCLC Number: 24142871
Awards: American Historical Association Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history, 1994.
Description: xiv, 365 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Early Struggles and Community Building --
2. The Demand for Black Labor, Migration, and the Emerging Black Industrial Working Class, 1915-1930 --
3. The Role of the Detroit Urban League in the Community Building Process, 1916-1945 --
4. Weathering the Storm --
5. Racial Discrimination in Industrial Detroit: Preparing the Ground for Community Social Consciousness --
6. Social Consciousness and Self-Help: The Heart and Soul of Community Building --
7. Protest and Politics: Emerging Forms of Community Empowerment --
8. Conflicting Strategies of Black Community Building: Unionization vs. Ford Corporate Paternalism, 1936-1941.
Series Title: Blacks in the diaspora.
Responsibility: Richard W. Thomas.

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Black community building was not a smooth or conflict-free process. This study focuses on how industrial workers, social workers, ministers, politicians, protest leaders, business and professional  Read more...

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