The Origins of the Urban Crisis
Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton Studies in American Politics
Once America's "arsenal of democracy, " Detroit has become the symbol of the American urban crisis. In this reappraisal of America's dilemma of racial and economic inequality, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty.
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Winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize in American HistoryWinner of the 1997 Philip Taft Prize in Labor HistoryWinner of the 1996 President's Book Award, Social Science History AssociationWinner of the 1997 Best Book in North American Urban History Award, Urban History AssociationOne of "Choice's" Outstanding AcademicTitles for 1997 "Perhaps by offering a clearer picture of how the urban crisis began, Sugrue brings us a little closer to finding a way to end it."--Jim McNeill, "In These Times" "[A] first-rate account. . . . With insight and elegance, Sugrue describes the street-by-street warfare to maintain housing values against the perceived encroachment of blacks trying desperately to escape the underbuilt and overcrowded slums."--"Choice" "In this important new history of post-World War II Detroit, Sugrue solidly refutes conservative theories about welfare dependency and deepens liberal thinking about the underlying causes of urban poverty."--Jim McNeil, "In These Times" Winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize in American History Winner of the 1997 Philip Taft Prize in Labor History Winner of the 1996 President's Book Award, Social Science History Association Winner of the 1997 Best Book in North American Urban History Award, Urban History Association One of "Choice's" Outstanding AcademicTitles for 1997