Detroit: The Black Bottom Community, Michigan (Images of America Series)

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Between 1914 and 1951, Black Bottom's black community emerged out of the need for black migrants to find a place for themselves. Because of the stringent racism and discrimination in housing, blacks migrating from the South seeking employment in Detroit's burgeoning industrial metropolis were forced to live in this former European immigrant community. During World War I through World War II, Black Bottom became a social, cultural, and economic center of struggle and triumph, as well as a testament to the ...
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Between 1914 and 1951, Black Bottom's black community emerged out of the need for black migrants to find a place for themselves. Because of the stringent racism and discrimination in housing, blacks migrating from the South seeking employment in Detroit's burgeoning industrial metropolis were forced to live in this former European immigrant community. During World War I through World War II, Black Bottom became a social, cultural, and economic center of struggle and triumph, as well as a testament to the tradition of black self-help and community-building strategies that have been the benchmark of black struggle. Black Bottom also had its troubles and woes. However, it would be these types of challenges confronting Black Bottom residents that would become part of the cohesive element that turned Black Bottom into a strong and viable community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738577104
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 531,102
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Local historian Jeremy Williams combines careful research with archived photographs for an insightful look at Black Bottom's early beginnings, its racial transformation, the building of a socioeconomically solvent community through various processes of institution building and networking, and its ultimate demise and the dislocation of its residents.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 European Immigrants 11

2 African Americans in Black Bottom 25

3 Life in Black Bottom 45

4 The Struggle for Decent Housing 55

5 Eleanor Roosevelt Visits Black Bottom 69

6 Schools, Churches, and Organizations 77

7 Sojourner Truth and the Riots 103

8 Urban Renewal 117

Bibliography 126

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book provides a window to the black community in the 1920’s-1950. It is about struggle and surviving in Black Bottom. What is funny is some of the same struggles continue in Detroit. What we think of moving a city forward with the removal of black bottom for a freeway, also made a city lose the black family identity.

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