Detroit: A Biography

Detroit: A Biography

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by Scott Martelle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 156976526X

ISBN-13: 2901569765264

Pub. Date: 04/01/2012

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

At its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Detroit's status as epicenter of the American auto industry made it a vibrant, populous, commercial hub—and then the bottom fell out. Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America's great cities and one of the nation's greatest urban failures. This authoritative

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At its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Detroit's status as epicenter of the American auto industry made it a vibrant, populous, commercial hub—and then the bottom fell out. Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America's great cities and one of the nation's greatest urban failures. This authoritative yet accessible narrative seeks to explain how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse—from nearly two million residents in 1950 to less than 715,000 some six decades later—resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deeply ingrained racism. Drawing from U.S. Census data and including profiles of individuals who embody the recent struggles and hopes of the city, this book chronicles the evolution of what a modern city once was and what it has become.

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ISBN-13:
2901569765264
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 A Difficult Childhood 1

2 The British Decades 9

Detroiters I The Morans 19

3 Detroit and the Canal of Riches 25

4 The Civil War and Racial Flashpoints 35

5 Detroit Turns Industrial 53

Detroiters II Michael Farrell 63

6 The Auto Era 69

7 A Great Migration 85

8 The Roaring Twenties 95

9 Great Depression 113

10 The Black Legion 127

11 Housing and the Racial Divide 133

12 The War Years 139

13 The 1943 Riot 147

14 The Postwar Boom 159

15 Race in the Fifties 171

Detroiters III Henry Russell Jr. 181

16 Death of the Covenants 187

Detroiters IV The Baloks 199

17 The Oil Embargo 205

Detroiters V John Thompson 215

18 When the Jobs Go Away 225

Detroiters VI Shelley 237

19 Pittsburgh, a Different Case 243

20 An Epilogue 251

Acknowledgments 259

Selected Bibliography 261

Notes 267

Index 281

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Detroit: A Biography 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Good read