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During the last week in July, 1967, Detroit experienced a week of terror—the worst civil disorder in 20th century urban America. Forty-three persons were killed, over $50 million in property was destroyed, and the city itself was left in a state ofMoreDuring the last week in July, 1967, Detroit experienced a week of terror—the worst civil disorder in 20th century urban America. Forty-three persons were killed, over $50 million in property was destroyed, and the city itself was left in a state of panic and confusion from which it has not yet fully recovered. Here, for the first time, is the story of that terrible experience—an hour by hour account of the looting, arson, gun-sniping- the problems faced by the police, National Guard and Federal troops who struggled to restore order- the incredible problems faced by the courts- and the response of the community: the press, social and religious agencies, civic and political leadership. Here, also, is the story of the aftermath of Detroits upheaval: the attempt of white leadership to forge a new alliance with a rising, militant black community, the shifts in political perspectives within the black community itself, and the growing polarization of black and white sentiment in a city that had been pointed to nationally as a model community in race relations. In addition, this book also explores many of the critical questions that confront contemporary urban America: the plight of moderate black leadership, the impact and influence of militant perspectives, their rhetoric of rebellion and revolution, the growing apathy toward integration and the explosive issue of police-community relations. It offers observations on the problems of the police system and substantive suggestions on redefining urban law enforcement in American society.About the Author:Hubert G. Locke is director of the Office of Religious Affairs and research associate of the Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University, and minister of the Church of Christ of Conant Gardens, Detroit. A native of Detroit, he holds degrees from Wayne State University, the Theological Seminary of the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. At the time of the 1967 Detroit riot, Rev. Locke was administrative assistant to Detroit Police Commissioner Girardin.From the Authors Preface:The civil disorders that erupted across the nation the past few years have made painfully clear what many Americans have long feared. They indicate that race relations in the United States have reached the boiling point, that the cities of America are the arena in which the racial crisis will either be resolved or they will dissolve in a sea of social chaos, and that America has very little time left in which to find workable answers to this crisis if it hopes to survive ... ... This book is, in a sense, deeply personal- it grew out of the desire, in fact the compelling urgency, of a life-long Detroiter who loves his city with all its grandeur and misery, whose career has been intimately related to Detroit in administrative posts in a university, in a civil rights organization, in the city police department, and as a minister of one of the citys churches, to assess the experiences of July 23-31, 1967, and to find their significance for the nations fifth largest city. This book is necessarily, therefore, one mans opinion, subject to all the biases and limitations that such an effort obviously implies. It reflects, however, a deeply held conviction: that Detroit, and every other city in America is in a race with time--and thus far losing the battle.