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This on-the-ground study of one square mile in Detroit was written in collaboration with neighborhood residents, many of whom were involved with the famous Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute. Fitzgerald, at its core, is dedicated to understanding global phenomena through the intensive study of a small, local place.

Beginning with an 1816 encounter between the Ojibwa population and the neighborhood’s first surveyor, William Bunge examines the racialized imposition of local landscapes over the course of European American settlement. Historical events are firmly situated in space—a task Bunge accomplishes through liberal use of maps and frequent references to recognizable twentieth-century landmarks.

More than a work of historical geography, Fitzgerald is a political intervention. By 1967 the neighborhood was mostly African American; Black Power was ascendant; and Detroit would experience a major riot. Immersed in the daily life of the area, Bunge encouraged residents to tell their stories and to think about local politics in spatial terms. His desire to undertake a different sort of geography led him to create a work that was nothing like a typical work of social science. The jumble of text, maps, and images makes it a particularly urgent book—a major theoretical contribution to urban geography that is also a startling evocation of street-level Detroit during a turbulent era.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. FOREWORD TO THE 2011 EDITION
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. DEDICATION
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. SECTION ONE: THE CERTAIN PAST
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. Chapter I: Pioneers---Colored and White
  2. pp. 7-22
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  1. Chapter II: The Farms Prosper
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. Chapter III: Detroit Envelops Fitzgerald
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. SECTION TWO: THE CRUCIAL PRESENT
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. Chapter IV: Races Meet
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. Chapter V: Races Mix
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. Chapter VI: Races Separate
  2. pp. 109-124
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  1. Chapter VII: Slums Move Closer
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Chapter VIII: Fitzgerald Plans
  2. pp. 141-162
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  1. Chapter IX: Institutions Respond
  2. pp. 163-186
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  1. Chapter X: Education Strains
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. SECTION THREE: THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. Chapter XI: Youth Fights Back
  2. pp. 203-220
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  1. XII: Defeat or Victory?
  2. pp. 221-238
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. APPENDIX / MAPS
  2. pp. 247-253
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820339740
Related ISBN
9780820338743
MARC Record
OCLC
754890085
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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