Detroit, Michigan, United States
University of Detroit Mercy
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
University of Michigan
Washington, D. C., United States
Toledo, Ohio, United States
University of Toledo
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
University of Massachusetts
University of College Dublin
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Ohio State University
Evanston, Illinois, United States
(Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons tells the story of the work...)
Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons tells the story of the working people of Detroit who, in the first three decades of the twentieth century, made Detroit into one of the world's greatest industrial cities. Ninety previously unpublished photographs offer glimpses of a life that has all but disappeared-from the boarding houses where immigrants slept between shifts, to the backyards and empty lots where children played and the kitchens where women labored. The photos also show workers on the job-in auto factories and at construction sites, on the highest peaks of the Ambassador Bridge and in the tunnel beneath the Detroit River. Put together, these small stories, the details of ordinary life, tell the history of a remarkable city. And despite the often bleak and harsh life portrayed in the pictures, Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons is about the victories of the city's working people.
(An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial tha...)
An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times. Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Boyle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Detroit (nowadays University of Detroit Mercy) in 1982. Four years later he earned his Master of Arts degree in history and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1990.
Boyle began his career as a research historian at Smithsonian Institution in 1982. Eight years later he took a position of an assistant professor of the history department at the University of Toledo. Four years later he became an assistant and then an associate professor of the history department at the University of Massachusetts and held it until 2002.
Also Boyle worked as a Mary Ball Washington Chair of United States History at the University of College Dublin from 1997 to 1998. In 2002, he became an associate professor, professor and was promoted to Humanities Distinguished Professor of the history department at Ohio State University. Since 2013 Kevin has been a William Smith Mason Professor of American History of the history department at the Northwestern University.
Boyle teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in modern American history, including the second half of the United States survey and upper-level courses on the civil rights movement, racial violence, the mid-twentieth century United States and the United States in the 1960s. He has also directed senior theses on a range of topics, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the integration of schools in suburban Indianapolis, Cleveland’s war on poverty to radical activism in 1960s Chicago.
(An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial tha...)2007
(Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons tells the story of the work...)1997
Boyke is a member of the Society of American Historians and Sphinx Honorary Society.
On January 4, 1992 Kevin Boyle married Victoria Lynn Getis. They have 2 children.