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This is a history of the American city, and it is one family's story. Through essay and poetry, the experiences of three generations in one family are woven into the narrative of sweeping social and economic change in 20th century America. Set in the eastside of Detroit, Michigan, with the largest-ever concentration of industry, the industrial machine casts a monumental shadow over all of family and community life. Individuals are alternately betrayed and energized by constant change; families are formed around its promise and strained under its failings. Supported by interesting historical facts, the creative approach engages readers in the experience of this remarkable city and time in American history, and it offers a defense of the glories of a passionate and connected life - one that is increasingly endangered. represent the essence of urban life.
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