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

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

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)

About the Author

Thomas J. Sugrue is the David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton) and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.

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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