This Independent Study Project focuses upon the causes of the 1967 Detroit uprising. More specifically, it examines the relationship between the subjects of black housing and police brutality as causes of the major unrest. This paper studies these topics through the analysis of primary sources from the 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s.Most of the primary sources can be found at The Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit, and the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor. This paper also references arguments from historians who have studied similar topics. Through the analysis of primary and secondary sources, this Independent Study provides a chronological examination of black housing and police discrimination in Detroit. More specifically, from the 1940s to 1967. In doing so, this paper not only shows how these topics increased anger in the black community, but also how this anger evolved throughout the decade.


Holt, Katherine




United States History


Detroit, housing discrimination, police brutality

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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