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Summer of Rage

An Oral History of the 1967 Newark and Detroit Riots

Max Arthur Herman

Drawing on oral history interviews and archival materials, Summer of Rage examines the causes and consequences of urban unrest that occurred in Newark and Detroit during the summer of 1967. It seeks to give voice to those who experienced these events firsthand and places personal narratives in a broader theoretical framework involving issues of collective memory, trauma, race relations, and urban development. Further, the volume explores the multiple truths present in these contentious events and thereby sheds light on the past, present, and future of these cities.
Max Arthur Herman is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at New Jersey City University. Since receiving his M.A. from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Arizona, Herman has taught courses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, social movements, and the sociology of religion at a variety of public and private universities including Rice University, Oberlin College, and Rutgers University. He is the author of Fighting in the Streets: Ethnic Succession and Urban Unrest in Twentieth Century America (Peter Lang, 2005). In addition to these academic engagements, Herman currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, located at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom in Newark.