detroit black bottom n.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Detroit – Black Bottom PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Detroit – Black Bottom

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 8

Detroit – Black Bottom - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Detroit – Black Bottom. The name Black Bottom had nothing to do with who lived there. The original French farmers named the neighborhood because of its low elevation and the rich dark soil which they found to be good for farming.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Detroit – Black Bottom' - inocencia

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
detroit black bottom

Detroit – Black Bottom

The name Black Bottom had nothing to do with who lived there. The original French farmers named the neighborhood because of its low elevation and the rich dark soil which they found to be good for farming.

Before the Great Migration, in the late 1800’s, Black Bottom was a mixed community of Irish, Italians, Germans, Romanians as well as Russian Jews as well as African-Americans.

Usually these groups settled in smaller communities within Black Bottom, such as the Germans who live mainly near Gratiot, in an area known as “Little Berlin.”

detroit black bottom1

Detroit – Black Bottom

Employment for African-Americans in Black Bottom was difficult, as most men had to compete with the various immigrant groups who were often seen as more hirable then blacks.

Women often worked as Domestic servants, which meant a life of long hours and six-day work weeks with little to no time for a social life.

detroit black bottom2

Detroit – Black Bottom

One of the groups that helped African-Americans find jobs, and adjust to life in the North was the Detroit Urban League. The Urban League did everything from job placement to social work.

Those African-Americans who were able to find jobs in the Auto industry were often placed in the most undesirable jobs, such as working in the foundry or in the paint shops.

detroit black bottom3

Detroit – Black Bottom

Housing was one of the major issues in Black Bottom. The housing had always been crowded together in the neighborhood, but with the arrival of African-Americans, landlords raised rents to people who had nowhere else to go.

detroit black bottom4

Detroit – Black Bottom

In addition, some of the housing became condemned by the city, which caused the housing shortage to become even more acute.

Closing these buildings was designed to revitalize the neighborhood but the buildings were never rebuilt, which in turn became a blight.

detroit black bottom5

Detroit – Black Bottom

The eventual solution to the housing crisis was to build public housing. However, since whites used their political connections to block projects from being built in or near their neighborhoods, the only place to build was in areas that already had black residents.

detroit black bottom6

Detroit – Black Bottom

When they were completed in 1941, the Brewster Homes had 941 housing units, available to residents who were employed and met earnings requirements. One resident who moved in, in 1950, described it as “dying and going to heaven.”

detroit black bottom7

Detroit – Black Bottom

Despite the shortage of housing and the discrimination in the job market, Black Bottom became a thriving African-American community.

By 1920, African-Americans owned 350 businesses in Detroit, all located inside Black Bottom. The community included doctors, lawyers, restaurants, tailors, dentists, drugstores, grocers and real estate agents.

Hastings Street was the heart of Black Bottom, which ran south to “Paradise Valley” the entertainment district.