New Book Club - Community Book Read

RPIA is holding a Community Book Read to discuss

The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race & Inequality in Postwar Detroit

by Thomas Sugrue

Urban Crisis

The Zoom discussion is scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 4-6 PM.

There are 2 editions of this book, 1996 & 2005. Either edition is ok; the only difference is the updated one has a new preface.

It will be available at Pages Bookshop. You can also get in audio format or on Kindle.

It's an excellent history and I use parts of it in the class I teach at UMDearborn. If you are overwhelmed by the amount if information, concentrate on chapters 4, 5, 8 & 9.

Click here to download a handout that I used to give my students on the Intro and chapters 1 & 2 which you might find useful.

The idea for this Community Book Read was generated at a Discussion on Race held in December 2020, with a group of RPIA neighbors who wanted to create a local forum for discussing race issues in our community.

For more information contact:
Ivan Johnson (iajoffice [at]
Bonnie Halloran (bonnieabh [at]
Stephanie Young (stephyoung324 [at]

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