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  1. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton Classics)
    The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton Classics)
    The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton Classics)
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  2. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton Classics)

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Once America's "arsenal of democracy," Detroit is now the symbol of the American urban crisis. In this reappraisal of America's racial and economic inequalities, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty. He challenges the conventional wisdom that urban decline is the product of the social programs and racial fissures of the 1960s. Weaving together the history of workplaces, unions, civil rights groups, political organizations, and real estate agencies, Sugrue finds the roots of today's urban poverty in a hidden history of racial violence, discrimination, and deindustrialization that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.

This Princeton Classics edition includes a new preface by Sugrue, discussing the lasting impact of the postwar transformation on urban America and the chronic issues leading to Detroit's bankruptcy.

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Updated edition with a New Preface
Princeton University Press
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Thomas Sugrue has written a deeply researched and readable in-depth picture of the Detroit crisis. He goes way beyond the daily headlines to examine the long term causes of the fall of a great American city. If you have an interest in this subject you probably have unrelated information in your brain about urban racial issues, rust belt cities, real state and development issues, job training and politics. What Sugrue does is reveal the relationships among all these subjects and how they have combined to gut Detroit and other cities.
The author has a political POV but it is easy to see and does not detract from the overall story which relies on solid research and analysis. Read this if you care about Detroit and the urban crisis in America.
An exceptional compilation of well-referenced research, statistics, photos and indices -- yet, this epochal work reads more like a novel. Surgue brings history to life with his finely layered stories of the formers, reformers, politicians, industrialists, workers, developers, militants and pacifists. His notes are generous and well-written. Most notably, the author gives new context and meaning to the fear mongering and greed that pushes racism, poverty, segregation and the devastation of cities. Although his story is about Detroit, its message is for everyone. This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding society's culpability and responsibility for co-creating the world we live it.
This is quite a remarkable book. It attempts to explain the riots that occurred in Detroit in the late 1967. These riots were racially based and some of the most brutal in America.
The book basically is about racism. It describes the history of racism in Detroit between the 1930's and the 1960's. Unlike other books that tend to be anecdotal this book attempts to look at the mechanics of the process and to provide empirical material to illustrate and validate the material in the text.
The story of the book is that racism is a complex phenomenon. Detroit in the 1940's had a vast appetite for labor. This lead to it being a city in which Afro Americans could be employed. Large numbers began to migrate and to fill the more lowly paid jobs in the auto industry. The book explains the sorts of mechanisms, which governed this process. How employers would discriminate against blacks, to keep them in lowly paid positions and the fights that some unions engaged in to overcome such... Read more
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