Life for Us Is What We Make It

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1992-07-01
Publisher(s): Indiana Univ Pr
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"Thomas's ground-breaking study should occupy a central place in the literature of American urban history." -- Choice"... path-breaking... a fine community study... " -- Journal of American Studies"Thomas's work is essential reading... succeeds in providing a bridge of information on the social, political, legal, and economic development of the Detroit black community between the turn of the century and 1945."  -- Michigan Historical ReviewThe black community in Detroit developed into one of the major centers of black progress. Richard Thomas traces the building of this community from its roots in the 19th century, through the key period 1915-1945, by focusing on how industrial workers, ministers, politicians, business leaders, youth, and community activists contributed to the process.

Author Biography

RICHARD W. THOMAS, Associate Professor of History and Urban Affairs Programs at Michigan State University, is author or co-author of numerous publications in race relations and black history.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Early Struggles and Community Buildingp. 1
The Demand for Black Labor, Migration, and the Emerging Black Industrial Working Class, 1915-1930p. 20
The Role of the Detroit Urban League in the Community Building Process, 1916-1945p. 49
Weathering the Stormp. 88
Racial Discrimination in Industrial Detroit: Preparing the Ground for Community Social Consciousnessp. 123
Social Consciousness and Self-Help: The Heart and Soul of Community Buildingp. 174
Protest and Politics: Emerging Forms of Community Empowermentp. 228
Conflicting Strategies of Black Community Building: Unionization vs. Ford Corporate Paternalism, 1936-1941p. 271
Epiloguep. 313
Notesp. 321
Sourcesp. 355
Indexp. 358
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