Category Archives: The Rise

Racial Strikes in the Auto Industry

There were three strikes in the 1940’s that were directly related to the promotion of African Americans, and desegregation of plants in the Detroit area. The Packard Motor Company strike, which only employed African Americans as janitors or for foundry, … 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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Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings became an official NHL Hockey team in 1926. They are the third most awarded hockey franchise in history, and have won 11 Stanley Cups. From 1933-66 the Red Wings only missed 4 playoffs, followed by a “dead” … 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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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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Tiger Stadium

The new Tiger Stadium, open to the public in 2000, is one of many investments made to attract people and their money back into the city.

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