The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit

by Thomas J. Sugrue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691058881

ISBN-13: 9780691058887

Pub. Date: 04/13/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Once America's "arsenal of democracy," Detroit has become the symbol of the American urban crisis. In this reappraisal of America's dilemma of racial and economic inequality, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty.

Overview

Once America's "arsenal of democracy," Detroit has become the symbol of the American urban crisis. In this reappraisal of America's dilemma of racial and economic inequality, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058887
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/13/1998
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Preface to the Princeton Classics Edition xv
Preface to the 2005 Paperback Edition xxxii
Acknowledgments li
Introduction 3
PART ONE: ARSENAL 15
1. "Arsenal of Democracy" 17
2. "Detroit’s Time Bomb": Race and Housing in the 1940s 33
3. "The Coffin of Peace": The Containment of Public Housing 57
PART TWO: RUST 89
4. "The Meanest and the Dirtiest Jobs": The Structures of Employment Discrimination 91
5. "The Damning Mark of False Prosperities": The Deindustrialization of Detroit 125
6. "Forget about Your Inalienable Right to Work": Responses to Industrial Decline and Discrimination 153
PART THREE: FIRE 179
7. Class, Status, and Residence: The Changing Geography of Black Detroit 181
8. "Homeowners’ Rights": White Resistance and the Rise of Antiliberalism 209
9. "United Communities Are Impregnable": Violence and the Color Line 231
Conclusion. Crisis: Detroit and the Fate of Postindustrial America 259
Appendixes
A. Index of Dissimilarity, Blacks and Whites in Major American Cities, 1940-1990 273
B. African American Occupational Structure in Detroit, 1940-1970 275
List of Abbreviations in the Notes 279
Notes 281
Index 365

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