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On July 23, 1967, the Detroit police raided a blind pig (after-hours drinking establishment), touching off the most destructive urban riot of the 1960s. It took the U.S. Army, the Michigan National Guard, the Michigan State Police, and the Detroit police department—17,000 men—more than a week to restore order. When all was done, the riot had claimed 43 lives (mostly Black) and resulted in nearly 700 injuries. Over 7,000 individuals were arrested, with property damage estimates over $75 million. Yet, Detroit had been lauded nationally as a "model city" in the governance of a large industrial metropolis. On the 40th anniversary of this nation-changing event, we are pleased to reissue Sidney Fine's seminal work—a detailed study of what happened, why, and with what consequences.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. From the Publisher
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contents
  2. p. xi
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  1. Maps
  2. p. xii
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  1. CHAPTER 1: "Phooie on Louie"
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. CHAPTER 2: The Model City
  2. pp. 17-37
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  1. CHAPTER 3: The "Divided City"
  2. pp. 39-70
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  1. CHAPTER 4: Detroit's War on Poverty
  2. pp. 71-93
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  1. CHAPTER 5: "The Single Most Important Problem": Police-Community Relations
  2. pp. 95-125
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  1. CHAPTER 6: "The Riot That Didn't Happen"
  2. pp. 127-154
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  1. CHAPTER 7: "A Little Trouble on Twelfth Street": July 23, 1967
  2. pp. 155-191
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  1. CHAPTER 8: "They Have Lost All Control in Detroit": July 24, 1967
  2. pp. 193-217
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  1. CHAPTER 9: "Law and Order Have Been Restored to Detroit": July 25-August 2, 1967
  2. pp. 219-247
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  1. CHAPTER 10: Rioters and Judges
  2. pp. 249-270
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  1. CHAPTER 11: "A Night of Horror and Murder"
  2. pp. 271-290
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  1. CHAPTER 12: "The Worst Civil Disorder"
  2. pp. 291-301
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  1. CHAPTER 13: "A Rough Community Division of Labor"
  2. pp. 303-323
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  1. CHAPTER 14: Rioters, Counterrioters, and the Noninvolved
  2. pp. 325-350
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  1. CHAPTER 15: The Meaning of Violence
  2. pp. 351-367
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  1. CHAPTER 16: The Polarized Community
  2. pp. 369-386
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  1. CHAPTER 17: The Law Enforcement Response
  2. pp. 387-424
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  1. CHAPTER 18: The Ameliorative Response
  2. pp. 425-451
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  1. CHAPTER 19: "God Help Our City"
  2. pp. 453-463
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. 465
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 467-605
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 607-621
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 623-648
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  1. Image Plates- following Index
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