Detroit Essay

3221 Words Apr 26th, 2008 13 Pages
Detroit, once the New York City of its time, nick named the “Motor City” as it contained one of the leading car manufacturing centers of the automobile industry. As a metropolis for the first half of the twentieth century, Post World War II, Detroit became an economic fortress and focal point in American History. Detroit’s economic stronghold placed the city in a position that was once beneficial. From the surging employment opportunities perpetuated by the booming automotive market to the development, and implementation of substandard housing and the casual labor market, Detroit became the land of opportunity that loomed with an air of new beginnings. Today, however, Detroit continues to reap the aftermath of contradictory political …show more content…
The opportunity was apparent, however, was not accessible to people of color in Detroit. The inaccessibility to enhancement for people of color was never carved in a tablet or scripted on parchment paper, however, it became an unspoken preside over American culture. In Detroit at this time it was difficult for blacks to find shelter, let alone own a home, and employment, the two most powerful resources one can acquire in a capitalistic society. For black southerners home ownership represented equality and immobile social leveraging. Land signified stability after generations of a volatile existence. Sugrue recalls the aspirations of Charles Butler, a Detroit minister, “One of the things that was inbred in us in the South is that land is extremely important...get you a piece of land because that’s the only thing nobody can move you off.” Land ownership represented the one item that blacks would have full control over. The idea of finally having control after years being under the control of a superior, gave blacks the desire to save money and seek employment in order to have the means necessary to own property. However, both the employment force and housing were taken under government control, and were used to deter black social mobility in America. Blacks at this time were placed in the most begrudging positions, and land lords corned the rental market with unaffordable rental fees. Land lords took advantage of the high

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