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Detroit's Cold War : The Origins of Postwar Conservatism,9780252037276

Detroit's Cold War : The Origins of Postwar Conservatism

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9780252037276

ISBN10:
0252037278
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
12/30/2012
Publisher(s):
Univ of Illinois Pr
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Detroit's Cold Warlocates the roots of American conservatism in a city that was a nexus of labor and industry in postwar America. Drawing on meticulous archival research focusing on Detroit, Colleen Doody shows how conflict over business values and opposition to labor, anticommunism, racial animosity, and religion led to the development of a conservative ethos in the aftermath of World War II. Using Detroit--with its large population of African-American and Catholic immigrant workers, strong union presence, and starkly segregated urban landscape--as a case study, Doody articulates a nuanced understanding of anticommunism during the Red Scare. Looking beyond national politics, she focuses on key debates occurring at the local level among a wide variety of common citizens. In examining this city's social and political fabric, Doody illustrates that domestic anticommunism was a cohesive, multifaceted ideology that arose less from Soviet ideological incursion than from tensions within the American public.


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