It is a bedrock American belief: the 1950s were a golden age of prosperity for autoworkers. Flush with high wages and enjoying the benefits of generous union contracts, these workers became the backbone of a thriving blue-collar middle class. It is also a myth. Daniel J. Clark began by interviewing dozens of former autoworkers in the Detroit area and found a different story - one of economic insecurity caused by frequent layoffs, unrealised contract provisions, and indispensable second jobs. 'Disruption in Detroit' is a vivid portrait of workers and an industry that experienced anything but stable prosperity.
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Published:Urbana :University of Illinois Press,
Publisher:Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Shortages and strikes, 1945-1948 -- The era of "The treaty of Detroit," 1949-1950 -- No longer the arsenal of democracy, 1951-1952 -- A post-Korean War boom, 1953 -- A "painfully inconvenient" recession, 1954 -- The fifties in one year, 1955 -- "A severe and prolonged hangover," 1956-1957 -- The nadir, 1958 -- "What is happening? Which way are we headed?" 1959-1960 -- Conclusion.