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Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes

An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967

Elaine Latzman Moon
The Detroit Urban League, Inc.

African American Studies, Autobiography, Detroit, Race and Ethnicity

African American Life Series

Paperback
Published: December 1993
ISBN: 9780814324653
Pages: 408 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 56 black and white images
eBOOK
Published: December 1993
ISBN: 9780814338490
Review

An interesting and stimulating volume that reveals the emotional and human side of black life in Detroit. A much needed contribution to black history.

— The Christian Science Monitor

More than one hundred individuals who lived in Detroit at some time during the period from 1918 to 1967 share stories about everyday life-families and neighborhoods, community and religious life, school and work. They also describe extraordinary events-the great migration from the South, the depression, World War II, the 1943 race riot, the civil rights movement, the civil disturbance of 1967, and the Vietnam War. Their anecdotal testimonies and reminiscences provide invaluable information about the institutions, lifestyles, relationships, and politics that constitute the black experience in Detroit.

By featuring the histories of blacks living in Detroit during the first six decades of the century, this unique oral history contributes immeasurably to our understanding of the development of the city.

Moon’s book and the people in it offer an extraordinary, everyday look at the history of Detroit’s African American community.

– Ardelia Lee, Daily Detroit

An interesting and stimulating volume that reveals the emotional and human side of black life in Detroit. A much needed contribution to black history.

– The Christian Science Monitor