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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle
The book chronicles racism in Detroit during the 1920s Jazz Age through the lens of Ossian Sweet, grandson of a slave who becomes a doctor and eventually moves from the ghetto to an all-white middle-class neighborhood. 

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
Thomas J. Sugrue
In this reappraisal of America’s racial and economic inequalities, Thomas Sugrue asks why Detroit and other industrial cities have become the sites of persistent racialized poverty. He challenges the conventional wisdom that urban decline is the product of the social programs and racial fissures of the 1960s.