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Obama and the Auto Bailout

In 2008 the American economy faced one of the worst downturns in our history. Unemployment numbers increased, and manufacturing plants like the ones in Detroit were near a state of bankruptcy. The federal government came in and supported Chrysler and … Continue reading

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The Fist

The legendary statue erected for Joe Louis in Detroit has sparked much controversy over the years. When it was originally built many Detroit Citizens didn’t like how it only focused on his boxing career (SEE HERE). Many did not understand … Continue reading

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Henry Ford and the Assembly Line

Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry when he innovated the assembly line. Previously cars were assembled piece by piece, by moving workers along lines of parts. Ford had the vision to move the parts past the workers instead. Ford had … Continue reading

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Prohibition and the City of Detroit

When Prohibition was enacted by the 18th amendment, Detroit citizens had already seen prohibition laws in the city for a few years. Prohibition was the banning of alcohol for sale and consumption, but Detroit’s neighbor Canada did not have similar … Continue reading

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Eminem and the City of Detroit

Eminem is a quintessential figure to the city of Detroit. His struggle to rise to fame represents the hardships many face when trying to make it out of the city, but his struggle is unique. Eminem, or Marshal Mathers, grew … Continue reading

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A Look Back Before Moving Forward

Here is a video about the life of Automotive Workers. It covers the life of the automotive worker for a General Motors Company. What connections can we make for manufacturing workers today? The video seems to impress that workers should … Continue reading

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Revamped Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical museum just got a 12$ million renovation and the museum is ready to be opened. With all new exhibits detailing Detroit’s manufacturing, cultural, and musical life. Exhibits include parts of the old Tiger Stadium, old tires from … Continue reading

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