Detroit A Biography

ISBN-10: 156976526X

ISBN-13: 9781569765265

Edition: 2011

Authors: Scott Martelle

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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 Biographytakes 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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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
A Difficult Childhood
The British Decades
The Morans
Detroit and the Canal of Riches
The Civil War and Racial Flashpoints
Detroit Turns Industrial
Michael Farrell
The Auto Era
A Great Migration
The Roaring Twenties
Great Depression
The Black Legion
Housing and the Racial Divide
The War Years
The 1943 Riot
The Postwar Boom
Race in the Fifties
Henry Russell Jr.
Death of the Covenants
The Baloks
The Oil Embargo
John Thompson
When the Jobs Go Away
Shelley
Pittsburgh, a Different Case
An Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index
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