Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s

Smart Towns presents “Life History Narratives of Detroit Auto Workers in the 1950s” with Daniel Clark, September 23

Book cover showing four men walking dressed in 1950s clothing.

Smart Towns host Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark on Thursday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library. Clark will discuss the lives of 1950s Detroit autoworkers and their resilience during a time of economic and job insecurity. 

Clark’s first book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town, explored what unionization meant to cotton mill workers and managers in a North Carolina community in the 1940s and 1950s. His most recent book, Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom, argues that for ordinary autoworkers, the period from 1945-60 was marked by job instability and economic insecurity, not a steady rise into the middle class.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information, please email or call 248-656-2900.

The global pandemic has put many things in perspective. This season, Smart Towns’ lifelong learning programs focus on the many ways humans have found to solve problems and find inspiration during difficult periods. Smart Towns wishes to celebrate how resilient and resourceful people can be in the world. Smart Towns partners include the Rochester Hills Museum, Rochester-Avon Historical Society, Meadow Brook Hall, and the Rochester Hills Public Library.

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