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Building Bombers

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Consolidated Aircraft plant in San Diego produced its 1,000th bomber in November 1942 while the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township achieved this milestone only one year later. Despite ... More


Building Communities

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The barrage of negative publicity that hounded the Willow Run Bomber Plant in the winter and spring of 1943 forced the United Auto Workers and the leaders of Ypsilanti Township to cooperate despite ... More


What’s Wrong with Willow Run?

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As tensions intensified between government agencies and local leaders concerning the fate of Bomber City (formerly the Defense City proposed by the United Auto Workers), another crisis was looming on ... More


The Battle for Bomber City

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The United Auto Workers (UAW) proposed Defense City was challenged by the Detroit area real estate industry, which insisted that there was no housing shortage and that public housing was not ... More


The Local Response to Sudden Industrialization

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For years, the Ford Motor Company brought dramatic changes around Detroit dating back to its expansion to Highland Park in 1910 and then to Dearborn in the 1920s. Hence, local residents could see the ... More


The Bomber Plant

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Mobilization for World War II presented enormous planning challenges to the United States. The federal government turned to companies such as the Ford Motor Company to help with the planning. As war ... More


Confronting Race

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0109
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Willow Run Bomber Plant’s rise to national prominence made it a natural target in attempts to draw attention to the housing woes of African Americans living in Detroit. The opening of Willow ... More


A Bomber an Hour

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0107
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

After countless problems, controversies, and disappointments, the Willow Run Bomber Plant finally showed what the Ford Motor Company and the federal government hoped it could do. The plant produced ... More


Introduction

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

During World War II, the city of Detroit played a key role in national defense. The hometown of one of the world’s manufacturing giants, Detroit was the site of the Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run ... More


Conclusion

Sarah Jo Peterson

in Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226025421
eISBN:
9780226025568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226025568.003.0120
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As a place, the Willow Run Bomber Plant might be considered a war-born anomaly. By the end of 1945, the federal government had scattered such anomalies across the country, with almost 1,000 ... More


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