Gravity in a Jar: A Poetic History of the People, Places, and Events of Detroit

McComb, Morgan (2014) Gravity in a Jar: A Poetic History of the People, Places, and Events of Detroit. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Beth Ann Fennelly from English, The University of Mississippi.


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In this thesis, I explore the history of the city of Detroit in order to better understand the factors that have led to Detroit’s current state. The research materials I have used are standard history books as well as newspaper articles, journals, and published interviews with former and current Detroit residents. I have incorporated this research into the construction of both a strict research element as well as poetry in order to present varying accounts of the city of Detroit beginning in the early 20th century and continuing into the present-day. I have found that the history of Detroit has been/is being most notably shaped through three factors: race relations, the automotive industry, and depopulation. In conclusion, although these three factors continue to affect the city at large, I have found that there are many political and social movements within the city that are working to combat the deterioration of a Detroit and, ultimately, I believe it is possible for Detroit to reconstruct itself as a new, modern American city.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: McComb, Morgan
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English and Philosophy
Thesis Advisor: Beth Ann Fennelly
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Morgan McComb
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 15:12

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