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Life for us is what we make it : building Black community in Detroit, 1915-1945

Life for us is what we make it : building Black community in Detroit, 1915-1945

Author: Richard Walter Thomas
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1992.
Series: Blacks in the diaspora.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The process of black community building was not smooth or free of conflict. There was much trial and error and more than a little rancor between its chief builders and benefactors. Notwithstanding those impediments, by 1945 the black community in Detroit had developed into one of the major centers of black progress." "Richard W. Thomas begins his analysis of black community building in the key period 1915-1945 by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thomas, Richard Walter, 1939-
Life for us is what we make it.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1992
(DLC) 91026518
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Walter Thomas
ISBN: 0585211558 9780585211558
OCLC Number: 44964005
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Awards: American Historical Association Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history, 1994.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 365 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Early Struggles and Community Building --
2. The Demand for Black Labor, Migration, and the Emerging Black Industrial Working Class, 1915-1930 --
3. The Role of the Detroit Urban League in the Community Building Process, 1916-1945 --
4. Weathering the Storm --
5. Racial Discrimination in Industrial Detroit: Preparing the Ground for Community Social Consciousness --
6. Social Consciousness and Self-Help: The Heart and Soul of Community Building --
7. Protest and Politics: Emerging Forms of Community Empowerment --
8. Conflicting Strategies of Black Community Building: Unionization vs. Ford Corporate Paternalism, 1936-1941.
Series Title: Blacks in the diaspora.
Responsibility: Richard W. Thomas.


Black community building was not a smooth or conflict-free process. This study focuses on how industrial workers, social workers, ministers, politicians, protest leaders, business and professional  Read more...


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Patterned after Gilbert Osofsky's Harlem, the Making of A Ghetto (CH, Oct'66), older African American histories focused on the process of ghettoization. Joining newer works, e.g., Joe William Read more...

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