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The Detroit Riots: Counting the Number of City Blocks on Fire


In 1967, Carol was 19 and living in a suburb of Detroit at the height of the worst racial riots in US history. It was very frightening time, and Carol remembers two things in particular. She remembers the National Guard, in Army vehicles at checkpoints along the road. Her most vivid memory, however, is listening to the news, which detailed the number of city blocks on fire. It reached over 100 blocks, and Detroit was enveloped in smoke and flames. Thanks for sharing, Carol.

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