Southeastern Michigan Bibliography

A resource guide for students, educators, researchers, Michiganders, and everyone else

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

Thomas, Richard Walter. 1992. Life for Us Is What We Make It: Building Black Community in Detroit, 1915-1945. Blacks in the Diaspora. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. At the time this … Continue reading

Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock “N” Roll

Carson, David. 2005. Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock “N” Roll. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. From the mid 1960s until the early 1970s, Detroit’s music … Continue reading

Race Riot

Lee, Alfred McClung. 1943. Race Riot. New York, N.Y: The Dryden press, inc. Written by a pair of Wayne State sociologists, this book provides precise eyewitness accounts of the violence … Continue reading

Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past

Howell, Sally. 2014. Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past. New York: Oxford University Press. Immigrant groups of all kinds tend to develop narratives about their sojourns and … Continue reading

Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit

Smith, Suzanne E. 1999. Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Hitsville, U.S.A. and the Motown scene are synonymous for many … Continue reading

Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City

Thompson, Heather Ann. 2001. Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Following Thomas Sugrue, Thompson argues that urban centers like Detroit didn’t … Continue reading

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit: With a New Preface by the Author

Sugrue, Thomas J. 2005. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit: With a New Preface by the Author. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights

Babson, Steve. 2010. The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.