The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Updated Edition (Paperback)

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit - Updated Edition By Thomas J. Sugrue, Thomas J. Sugrue (Preface by) Cover Image
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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.

About the Author

Thomas J. Sugrue is the David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton) and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780691162553
ISBN-10: 0691162557
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: April 27th, 2014
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Princeton Classics