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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 11:58 PM
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24. After the Civil War... people moved north for jobs

Detroit grew during the early 20th century thanks to the Great Migration people from the rural South seeking better jobs and better schools in the urban North. But the same aspirations that lured them into the city in earlier generations are driving them out of it today. http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=6971

The story of Detroit during the 20th century is a story of growth and intra-region migration. The metropolitan area grew from 500 thousand people to over 4.8 million people during the 100 years

Detroit's population grew dramatically between 1850 and 1950. The city's industrial growth was a magnet for migrants, at first chiefly European immigrants and later blacks from the South. The population has declined steadily since the mid-1950s, however, in part because much of the white community moved to the suburbs and also because of the loss of industry. By the early 1990s, some three-fourths of the population was black.

Detroit has a diversified manufacturing and shipping base, but the city's economy remains unusually sensitive to the fortunes of the automotive industry. As a result, economic booms and depressions have been felt more heavily in Detroit than in most areas of the country. In addition to motor vehicles and automotive parts, the city's factories produce machinery (including industrial robots), steel, and chemicals; the service industry has become increasingly important.

http://www.bookrags.com/eb/detroit-eb/
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