Detroit: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the 20th Century
Deborah Dash Moore and Marian Krzyzowski
The course examines the rich and complex history of Detroit’s racial, religious, and ethnic conflict, competition, and cooperation during the 20th century through a focus on a single street, Chene Street. Home to Polish Catholic and East European Jewish immigrants and African Americans, Chene Street offers microcosm for urban historical research using photographs, oral history interviews, letters, newspapers, maps, and documents. Although little of Chene Street on Detroit’s East Side remains today, students have an opportunity to recreate its complex history through multimedia narratives as their final project.