The summer of 1943 found the United States embroiled in the worst war in world history and the industrial might of Detroit was playing an integral part in winning it.
Common during times of war, domestic hatreds and tensions grip entire communities, bringing out the best and worst even among allies.
Young blacks, however, yearned for something better and believed the seeds of opportunity would germinate for them in the North.
Southern blacks who eventually migrated north during the 1900s wished to leave the misery they experienced in the South behind for good.
Henry reveled in sending shock waves through the corporate world.
In June of 1943 Detroit suffered one of the worst race riots in the country’s history, forcing America to take a long, hard introspective look at itself.Even well into the 1960s blacks were terrified of white reprisal if they tried to register to vote.But it was more the everyday affronts of being treated like a second class citizen that inflicted the most egregious of injuries.President Andrew Johnson later nullified this and ordered the lands returned to their former owners.Johnson’s version of Reconstruction was much different than Lincoln’s.
With the final withdrawal of Union troops in 1877, Reconstruction had come to an abrupt end, as did the hopes and aspirations of free Southern blacks.