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The Origins of the Urban Crisis:
Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
Thomas J. Sugrue
With a new preface by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Preface to the Princeton Classic Edition xv
Acknowledgments xxxiii
Introduction 3

PART ONE: ARSENAL 15

Chapter 1: "Arsenal of Democracy" 17
Chapter 2: "Detroit's Time Bomb": Race and Housing in the 1940s 33
Chapter 3: "The Coffin of Peace": The Containment of Public Housing 57

PART TWO: RUST 89

Chapter 4: "The Meanest and the Dirtiest Jobs": The Structures of Employment Discrimination 91
Chapter 5: "The Damning Mark of False Prosperities": The Deindustrialization of Detroit 125
Chapter 6: "Forget about Your Inalienable Right to Work": Responses to Industrial Decline and Discrimination 153

PART THREE: FIRE 179

Chapter 7: Class, Status, and Residence: The Changing Geography of Black Detroit 181
Chapter 8: "Homeowners'Rights": White Resistance and the Rise of Antiliberalism 209
Chapter 9: "United Communities Are Impregnable": Violence and the Color Line 231
Conclusion: Crisis: Detroit and the Fate of Postindustrial America 259

Appendixes:
A. Index of Dissimilarity, Blacks and Whites in Major 273 American Cities, 1940-1990
B. African American Occupational Structure in Detroit, 275 1940-1970

List of Abbreviations in the Notes 279
Notes 281
Index 365

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