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8 Books That Will Make You Fall in Love with Detroit

by Kristen Twardowski August 4, 2022

This summer take some time to brush up on your local history. From pop culture to social justice movements, from the music industry to the auto industry, we’ve curated a list of eight of our titles about Detroit. We love this city. And if you don’t know much about Detroit (or even if you do) these books will help you fall in love with it too. Jazz from Detroit by Mark Stryker Jazz from Detroit explores the city’s pivotal role in shaping the course of modern and contemporary jazz. With more than two dozen in-depth profiles of remarkable Detroit-bred musicians, […]

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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 4: “A striking ambiguity”

by Brian Matzke July 21, 2017

“A striking ambiguity”: Race, labor, and radical politics before and after the riot Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW New Edition August Meier and Elliott Rudwick Foreword by Joe W. Trotter Right in Michigan’s Grassroots From the KKK to the Michigan Militia JoEllen McNergney Vinyard Secret Witness The Untold Story of the 1967 Bombing in Marshall, Michigan Blaine L. Pardoe Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang 1967 was not the first time Detroit experienced a large scale riot. The summer of 1943 saw a riot […]

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‘Hog Butchers’ author John Marsh discusses poets and the poor in Huffington Post

by Shaun Manning March 15, 2012

John Marsh, author of the recent U-M Press title Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, offered his insights on the development of American poetry with the Huffington Post. Addressing the focus of poets like William Carlos Williams on the lives of the very poor–a topic Marsh examines in depth in his book–the author writes, When they started out, in the 1910s and 1920s, what modern poets hated most about the then-contemporary verse was all its artificialities: its metronome-like iambic pentameters, its moon-and-June rhymes, its puffed up diction, its watercolor portraits of nature […]

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