Monthly Archives: October 2012

Detroit Blues and Jazz

Although Blues’ and Jazz’ origins lie in the Deep South, the Midwestern cities such as Detroit and Chicago had an essential role in shaping these two musical genres during the early twentieth century. These two cities helped make blues “urban,” … Continue reading

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An Intro to the Growth of the Black Community

With a boom in the industrial industry in Detroit and the emergence of Ford Motors the city’s population grew from about 286,000 people to nearly 1,000,000 million by the mid 1920’s.  It became the fourth largest city in the United … Continue reading

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Celebrating Detroit’s Industry: Diego Rivera and the Detroit Institute of Art Murals

Commissioned originally by the Detroit Institute of Art’s Museum Director, Valentiner, in 1930, Diego Rivera began work for the murals in the Garden Court in the following year. His interest in industry and mechanics drew him to the city’s automotive … Continue reading

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“See It Through”

SEE IT THROUGH by Edgar Guest When you’re up against a trouble, Meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace. When it’s vain to try to dodge it, … Continue reading

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Black Bottom

In the earlier part of the 20th century Black Bottom was an African-American community that thrived. Located at the east side of downtown Detroit, these people owned  350 businesses. In the community were 52 professionals: including doctors, dentists, and lawyers. … Continue reading

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The Ford English School

The Ford English School was designed to teach foreign-born factory workers about what it means to be an American. The workers would go through vigorous language exercises to learn how to speak English. Another important aspect of the School was … Continue reading

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Living in Detroit 1920s…

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