During the last days of July, 1967, Detroit experienced a week of devastating urban collapse - one of the worst civil disorders in twentieth-century America. Forty-three people were killed, over $50 million in property was destroyed, and the city itself was left in a state of panic and confusion, the scars of which are still present today.
Now for the first time in audiobook, and with a new reflective essay that examines the events a half-century later, The Detroit Riot of 1967, (originally published in 1969), is the story of that terrible experience as told from the perspective of Hubert G. Locke, then administrative aide to Detroit's police commissioner. The audiobook covers the week between the riot's outbreak and the aftermath thereof. An hour-by-hour account is given of the looting, arson, and sniping, as well as the problems faced by the police, National Guard, and federal troops who struggled to restore order. Locke goes on to address the situation as outlined by the courts, and the response of the community - including the media, social and religious agencies, and civic and political leadership. Finally, Locke looks at the attempt of white leadership to forge a new alliance with a rising, militant black population.
"A must listen for every generation of social scientists and urban policy makers. Locke was there and wrote brilliantly about the worst riot of the twentieth century and its aftermath." (George Kelling, professor emeritus of Northeastern University and Rutgers University)
"By listening to Hubert Locke's The Detroit Riots of 1967, we guard ourselves against the dangers George Santayana saw in not remembering the past - we are condemned to repeat it." (Judge Avern Cohn, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan)
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