Kevin Boyle teaches history at Northwestern University. His work focuses on race, class, and politics in the twentieth-century United States. He is the author of The Shattering: America in the 1960s; Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age ; and The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945–1968. He is coauthor (with Victoria Getis) of Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit, 1900–1930 . Arc of Justice received the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
On September 8, 1925 Ossian and Gladys Sweet moved into their first home on an ordinary side street in Detroit. This lecture -- based on Kevin Boyle's prize-winning book -- turns that ordinary event into a story of one of the era's most important civil rights struggles.