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  • The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Updated Edition
  • Thomas J. Sugrue With a new preface by the author
  • 2014
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  • Published by: Princeton University Press
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The reasons behind Detroit’s persistent racialized poverty after World War II

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface to the Princeton Classic Edition
  2. pp. xv-xxxi
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  1. Preface to the 2005 Edition
  2. pp. xxxii-l
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. li-lvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Part One: Arsenal
  1. 1. “Arsenal of Democracy”
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. 2. “Detroit’s Time Bomb”: Race and Housing in the 1940s
  2. pp. 33-56
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  1. 3. “The Coffin of Peace”: The Containment of Public Housing
  2. pp. 57-88
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  1. Part Two: Rust
  1. 4. “The Meanest and the Dirtiest Jobs”: The Structures of Employment Discrimination
  2. pp. 91-124
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  1. 5. “The Damning Mark of False Prosperities”: The Deindustrialization of Detroit
  2. pp. 125-152
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  1. 6. “Forget about Your Inalienable Right to Work”: Responses to Industrial Decline and Discrimination
  2. pp. 153-178
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  1. Part Three: Fire
  1. 7. Class, Status, and Residence: The Changing Geography of Black Detroit
  2. pp. 181-208
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  1. 8. “Homeowners’ Rights”: White Resistance and the Rise of Antiliberalism
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. 9. “United Communities Are Impregnable”: Violence and the Color Line
  2. pp. 231-258
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  1. Conclusion. Crisis: Detroit and the Fate of Postindustrial America
  2. pp. 259-272
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  1. Appendixes
  1. A. Index of Dissimilarity, Blacks and Whites in Major American Cities, 1940–1990
  2. pp. 273-274
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  1. B. African American Occupational Structure in Detroit, 1940–1970
  2. pp. 275-278
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  1. List of Abbreviations in the Notes
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-378
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400851218
Related ISBN
9780691162553
MARC Record
OCLC
1132222285
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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