In Michigan: Goodbye, Dodge Main

Shortly past 8 a.m. on the first Friday of the 1980s, Wanda Paruch leaves her house on McDougall Avenue in Hamtramck, Mich., and sets out on the five-minute drive to work. Normally, she would make this trip three hours earlier, eat a cafeteria breakfast and start her job at 6 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Dodge Main Assembly Plant, putting glue on doors, cleaning out loose bolts and putting a plastic water shield and two pieces of felt into passing Aspens and Volares.

But this Friday there is no work. Around...

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