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The Origins Of The Urban Crisis

by Thomas J. Sugrue

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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 deindustrialisation that reshaped the American urban landscape after World War II.

Paperback: 375 Pages
Product Dimensions: 220 x 140 mm
ISBN: 9780691162553

Published by Princeton University Press