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The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit

In this provocative revision of postwar American history, Sugrue finds cities already fiercely divided by race and devastated by the exodus of industries. He focuses on urban neighborhoods, where white working-class homeowners mobilized to prevent integration as blacks tried to move out of the crumbling and overcrowded inner city. 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. [publisher]
Print Book, English, ©1996
Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., ©1996
xviii, 375 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
9780691011011, 9780691058887, 069101101X, 0691058881
"Arsenal of democracy"
"Detroit's time bomb": race and housing in the 1940s
"The coffin of peace": the containment of public housing
"The meanest and the dirtiest jobs": the structures of employment discrimination
"The damning mark of false prosperities": the deindustrialization of Detroit
"Forget about your inalienable right to work": responses to industrial decline and discrimination
Class, status, and residence: the changing geography of black Detroit
"Homeowners' rights": white resistance and the rise of antiliberalism
"United communities are impregnable": violence and the color line
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