At the close of the 19th century, Americans witnessed a large growth of prosperity that would be termed “The Gilded Age”. Industrial production per capita in the United States had exceeded that of every other country in the world, and by the early 20th century, the United States had become a land of opportunity for immigrants.
However, it wouldn’t be until the production of Henry Ford’s automobile in the 1920s that cities would experience the greatest growth. Detroit was one of these cities, serving as the automobile hub to the world and earning its title as “The Paris of the West”.
Detroit’s economy and people would remain prosperous into the late 1960s, before falling to hands of racial tensions, violence, and drugs. In recent years, though, the movement of people back into Detroit and the growing arts scene has become reminiscent of Detroit’s early 20th century history and suggest a rebirth in prosperity.
In this blog, we intend to highlight the rise, fall, and rebirth of Detroit, comparing its present similarities to its past.