Southeastern Michigan Bibliography

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Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution

Georgakas, Dan. 2012. Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books.

This chronicle of black labor struggle in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 uprising is rich in practical matters of organizing and strategy in a period of astonishing urgency and adversity.  The book focuses on The League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW) and related groups including the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM), and follows their successes and troubles until the disintegration of their solidarity in the early 1970s.  A core work in the history of Detroit, it hovers somewhere between history and becoming a primary source itself.  To contextualize the LRBW leadership perspective, readers might want to consult Ernie Allen’s counterpoint, “Dying from the Inside: The Decline of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers” in They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1979). The edgy photographs of the first edition of this book make it worth seeking out, although the second edition (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1998) is enhanced with a retrospective afterword.

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