Detroit: A Biography

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Chicago Review Press, 2012 - Всего страниц: 304
"A valuable biography sure to appeal to readers seeking to come to grips with important problems facing not just a city, but a country." -Kirkus Detroit was established as a French settlement three-quarters of a century before the founding of this nation. A remote outpost built to protect trapping interests, its industry took a great leap forward with the completion of the Erie Canal. Detroit turned iron into stoves and railcars, and eventually cars by the millions. This vibrant commercial hub attracted businessmen and labor organizers, European immigrants and African Americans from the rural South. At its heyday in the 1950s and '60s, one in six American jobs were connected to the auto industry, its epicenter in Detroit. And then the bottom fell out. Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America's great cities, and one of the nation's greatest urban failures. It seeks to explain how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deep, thick seams of racism. And it raises the question: when we look at modern-day Detroit, are we looking at the ghost of America's industrial past or its future? Scott Martelle is the author of The Fear Within and Blood Passion and is a professional journalist who has written for the Detroit News, the Los Angeles Times, the Rochester Times-Union, and more. He lives in Irvine, California.
 

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Former Detroit News journalist Martelle (The Fear Within: Spies, Commies and American Democracy on Trial, 2011, etc.) explores the troubled city where he once worked.The author shows how "no other ... Читать весь отзыв

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1 A Difficult Childhood
1
2 The British Decades
9
3 Detroit and the Canal of Riches
25
4 The Civil War and Racial Flashpoints
35
5 Detroit Turns Industrial
53
6 The Auto Era
69
7 A Great Migration
85
8 The Roaring Twenties
95
14 The Postwar Boom
159
15 Race in the Fifties
171
16 Death of the Covenants
187
17 The Oil Embargo
205
18 When the Jobs Go Away
225
19 Pittsburgh a Different Case
243
20 An Epilogue
251
Afterword
259

9 Great Depression
113
10 The Black Legion
127
11 Housing and the Racial Divide
133
12 The War Years
139
13 The 1943 Riot
147
Acknowledgments
271
Selected Bibliography
273
Notes
279
Index
293
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Scott Martelle, the author of "The Fear Within" and "Blood Passion," is a veteran journalist and former staff writer for the "Los Angeles Times" and the" Detroit News," whose work has also appeared in the" Washington Post," "Sierra" magazine, and other outlets.

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