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The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford$
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Beth Tompkins Bates

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835647

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837450_bates

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With the Wind at Their Backs

With the Wind at Their Backs

Migration to Detroit

(p.15) Chapter One With the Wind at Their Backs
The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Beth Tompkins Bates

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the social and economic world that greeted African Americans migrating to Detroit during and after World War I. By the time black newcomers arrived in large numbers, industrialists had spent several years grappling with the best ways to manage a diverse and foreign-born work force. Henry Ford and other industrials had constructed a new social order based on a unified work force, shaping them to conform to the American way of life. Henry Ford led this endeavor with his Americanization Plan to organize and control his overwhelmingly immigrant work force.

Keywords:   African Americans, Detroit, workforce, Henry Ford, new social order, Americanization Plan, immigrant work force

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