Built in Detroit
A Lost Chapter in American History Brought Vividly to Life
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Built in Detroit tells the story of Ken Morris and the formation of one of the great labor unions, the United Automobile Workers (UAW). Author Bob Morris, Ken's son, chronicles the Auto Workers' battles with companies and the vicious attacks on union leaders, including Ken Morris, Walter Reuther and others. Rich with personal and historical details, Built in Detroit narrates a story unique to Detroit. It portrays top labor leaders of the 1930s and 1940s, and the rank and file members who supported these labor activists. It provides portraits of early auto industrialists, their companies, and the gangsters they hired. In the case of the Briggs Manufacturing Company, it shows how a company that played loose with the law ultimately floundered, its Detroit heritage largely forgotten.


Bob Morris grew up in southeastern Michigan during the 1950s and 1960s at the knees of some of the greatest labor leaders in Michigan and the United States. These men and women told the stories that Morris has confirmed through his research for this book. As an adult, Morris has spent four decades developing public policy in Lansing-Michigan's state capitol. Morris currently resides in Canton, Michigan, with his wife, Terry.


If the reader in your family is interested in labor history and politics, you couldn't do better than the spellbinding new book, "Built in Detroit." .... Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley, who was close to many union leaders throughout his career, told me, "This is the best-written history of the UAW I've read." Jack Lessenberry, Toledo Blade

It's a must read for anyone who wants to understand the history of the auto industry. John McElroy, PBS's Autoline

It's a wild tale, enough material for several books crammed into one volume. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press

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