Settlement During this era, there were many immigrants that came to Michigan. Most of them for the job industry, more specifically, the automobile job industry and mainly to Detroit. From 1920 to 1930 the state’s population increased by more than 1.2 million people. Detroit’s total residency passed 1.5 million making it the nation’s largest city. Most of this population increase was a result of foreign immigration. In addition to the foreign born migrants, more Black Southerners migrated to Michigan as well. During this same time period the black population in Michigan increased from just over 60 thousand to more than 170 thousand. Between 1940 and 1943 more than 500 thousand whites and 50 thousand blacks poured into Detroit looking for jobs. This was during the war and this caused much racial tension. Detroit was known as the model of racial segregation so the blacks were kept to a 30 block area of the city and the neighborhood improvement association aided by the KKK kept them there. Cultures With all of this racial segregation, there was much tension created and false stories for provocation which led to many race riots. During this time, Michigan had the KKK as well as the Black Legion. In my opinion these are both hate groups and promote racial terrorism. There were hate strikes during this time due to promotion of black employees.
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- Fall '15
- History, Great Depression, auto industry, United Auto Workers, Detroit River