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Detroit: A Biography - Scott Martelle

"A valuable biography sure to appeal to readers seeking to come to grips with important problems facing not just a city, but a country." -Kirkus Detroit was established as a French settlement three-quarters of a century before the founding of this nation. A remote outpost built to protect trapping interests, its industry took a great leap forward with the completion of the Erie Canal. Detroit turned iron into stoves and railcars, and eventually cars by the millions. This vibrant commercial hub attracted businessmen and labor organizers, European immigrants and African Americans from the rural South. At its heyday in the 1950s and '60s, one in six American jobs were connected to the auto industry, its epicenter in Detroit. And then the bottom fell out.            Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America's great cities, and one of the nation's greatest urban failures. It seeks to explain how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deep, thick seams of racism. And it raises the question: when we look at modern-day Detroit, are we looking at the ghost of America's industrial past or its future? Scott Martelle is the author of The Fear Within and Blood Passion and is a professional journalist who has written for the Detroit News, the Los Angeles Times, the Rochester Times-Union, and more. He lives in Irvine, California.

Author: Martelle, Scott
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Illustration: n
Language: ENG
Title: Detroit: A Biography
Pages: 00304 (Encrypted EPUB)
On Sale: 2012-04-01
SKU-13/ISBN: 9781569765265
Category: History : United States - State & Local - Midwest
Category: Social Science : Sociology - Urban
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