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Whose Detroit? : politics, labor, and race in a modern American city  Cover Image E-book E-book

Whose Detroit? : politics, labor, and race in a modern American city

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  • OCLC: ocn965780138
  • ISBN: 1501712810
  • ISBN: 9781501712814
  • ISBN: 1501709224
  • ISBN: 9781501709227
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
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  • Published: Ithaca :Cornell University Press,2017.
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Introduction : reassessing the fate of postwar cities, politics, and labor -- Beyond racial polarization : political complexity in the city and labor movement of the 1950s -- Optimism and crisis in the new liberal metropolis -- Driving desperation on the auto shop floor -- Citizens, politicians, and the escalating war for Detroit's civic future -- Workers, officials, and the escalating war for Detroit's labor future -- From battles on city streets to clashes in the courtroom -- From fights for union office to wildcats in the workplace -- Urban realignment and labor retrenchment : an end to Detroit's war at home -- Conclusion : civic transformation and labor movement decline in postwar urban America.
Summary: "In Whose Detroit?, Heather Ann Thompson focuses in detail on the African American struggles for full equality and for equal justice under the law that shaped the Motor City during the 1960s and 1970s. Even after Great Society liberals committed themselves to improving conditions in Detroit, Thompson argues, poverty and police brutality continued to plague both neighborhoods and workplaces. Frustration with entrenched discrimination and the lack of meaningful remedies not only led black residents to erupt in the infamous urban uprising of 1967, but it also sparked myriad grassroots challenges to postwar liberalism in the wake of that rebellion. With deft attention to the historical background and to the dramatic struggles of Detroit's residents, and with a new prologue that argues for the ways in which the War on Crime and mass incarceration also devastated the Motor City over time, Thompson has written a biography of an entire nation at a time of crisis"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations
Detroit (Mich.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Social conditions -- 20th century
African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
Urban poor -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century
Labor movement -- Michigan -- Detroit -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Migrations -- History -- 20th century
Rural-urban migration -- United States -- History -- 20th century

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