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

Thomas J. Sugrue

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherPrinceton University Press
    Number of pages375
    ISBN (Electronic)9781400851218
    ISBN (Print)9780691162553
    StatePublished - Apr 27 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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