The War Years
As production demands increased during World War II, so too did the tension and conflict in Detroit. Although workers of all ethnic backgrounds moved to the city for factory jobs, Black workers had more difficulty finding them. Employment discrimination combined with a lack of adequate housing and public services further complicated already troubled race relations. Seismic events in the early 1940s, such as the struggle for occupancy of the Sojourner Truth Housing Project and the 1943 Race Riot, brought simmering resentment to the forefront and foreshadowed the violence of 1967.