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VIDEO: A look back at the roots of Detroit's 1967 uprising

Jul 19, 2017

 

For one hot week fifty years ago, Detroit burned.

Now, when most people think of the uprising, they picture the aftermath: burnt and abandoned buildings, looted businesses, a city in decline.

But the uprising was not a random event. Rather, it was the result of a city fraught with racial tension, population decline, and deindustrialization.

Watch the video above to learn more about the policies, attitudes, and events that caused the Motor City to explode in 1967.