By B. J. Widick
Starting with the legacy of the Ku Klux Klan and the commercial tyranny of the early 20th century, Detroit: urban of Race and sophistication Violence charts Detroit's sour historical past in the course of the delivery of commercial unionism, conflict time, the 1967 riots, and their influence at the urban at the present time. This revised variation will pay specific awareness to occasions considering 1967: urban politics, unemployment, and the production of suburban boomtowns.
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Darrow asked. Pandemonium—I guess that's the best way to describe it—broke loose inside my house. Everyone was running from room to room. There was a general uproar. Somebody yelled, "Here's niggers. Get them! " As my brother and Davis rushed inside my house a mob surged forward, 15 or 20 feet. It looked like a human sea. Stones kept coming faster. 1 was downstairs. Another window was smashed. Then one shot, then eight or ten from upstairs. Then it was all over. " Sweet answered: When I opened the door and saw the mob, I realized I was facing the same mob that had hounded my people through its entire history.
Sweet answered: When I opened the door and saw the mob, I realized I was facing the same mob that had hounded my people through its entire history. In my mind, I was pretty confident of what I was up against. I had my back against the wall. . I was filled with a peculiar fear, a fear of one who knows the history of my race. I knew what mobs had done to my people before. In his appeal to the jury after the Sweet testimony, Darrow questioned whether or not it was possible for any twelve white men, no matter how hard they tried, to try a Negro fairly.
The next day he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. On his way to jail, a mob attempted to lynch him, but they were stopped when the sheriff killed one of them. In retaliation the white mob roamed the streets of Detroit, beat, stoned, and shot Negroes and set their homes on fire. As a con- 24 The Twenties sequence, most Negroes fled to Canada, where they remained for some time. 2 A new chapter seemed to open in 1870 when Michigan granted Negroes the right to vote. But this gain in political freedom had no impact on Detroit or Michigan politics, for the number of Negroes then living in the state was inconsequential.