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The Origins of the Urban Crisis Hardcover – November 25, 1996
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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
"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
"[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
"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
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"This superb study offers a richly detailed account of the rise and fall of twentieth-century Detroit.... Must reading for ... everyone concerned about the current urban crisis."--Jacqueline Jones, author of The Dispossessed: America's Underclass from the Civil War to the Present
"Sugrue's incredibly rich, nuanced, multilayered account of the transformation of Detroit provides the historical perspective missing in virtually all accounts of the crisis ravaging today's inner cities."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class
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I only gave the book four stars because it feels scattered at times in the way it moved through history and across topics.
As noted by other reviewers, sometimes the book is heavy on fact and light on a higher level organizations. A theme of the book is that the story is in the details. Yet the details are hard to make sense of without a little more overarching structure or narrative.
re-periodizes work on deindustrialization, arguing that seeds of the urban crisis were sown in the 40s and 50s- out of the contradictions of New Deal liberalism. this book shows how the racialized new deal effectively excluded african americans- but the language of rights inherent in the new deal was used by african americans to makes claims to rights. however, at the same time whites were using the same language to make claims on property rights, which redrew racial lines.
on of the key- yet somewhat unexplored points is the impact of antiradicalism and anticommunism on postwar America- generating feelings of conformity and setting limits on acceptable bounds of debate.