The Politics of Educational Retrenchment in Detroit, 1929–1935

  • Jeffrey Mirel


In 1930, Detroit was the nation’s fourth largest city and one of the world’s great manufacturing centers.1 During the 1920s its schools had been transformed along Progressive lines and, by 1929, were considered among the best in the nation. The Great Depression, however, devastated the city’s economy and plunged its schools into an unparalleled financial crisis. Detroit thus provides an excellent opportunity to investigate questions about the process of retrenchment under these conditions.


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