MICHIGAN: Hitler or the U. S.?

From Detroit, fourth city of the U.S., symbol and seat of America's industrial genius, had come news that made all citizens anxious. Sitdowns, wildcat strikes, poor planning, material shortages, short tempers and bad attitudes of union workers (see p. 71) had cut war production. A housing shortage forced some workers to live in tents, shacks and trailers. There was tragic, dirty confusion: in Macomb County, just north of the city, newly laid water mains were torn up to supply another area. Some 300 families of defense workers were forced to lug their...

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