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Detroit's Cold War: The Origins of Postwar Conservatism

Colleen Doody


This book locates the roots of American conservatism in a city that was a nexus of labor and industry in postwar America. Drawing on archival research focusing on Detroit, the book 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 workers, strong union presence, and starkly segregated urban landscape—as a case study, the book articulates a nuanced understanding of anticommunism duri ... More

Keywords: American conservatism, postwar America, labor, anticommunism, racial animosity, religion, African American workers, Catholic workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037276
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Doody, author
DePaul University