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Bell Ringer: Detroit's Paradise Valley and Urban Renewal

Detroit's Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley was the business and entertainment district in Detroit for African Americans from the 1920s through the 1950s. Historian and tour guide Jamon Jordan traveled to the area that was once known as Paradise Valley and explained how urban renewal plans in the 1960s wiped out this area.

Description

Paradise Valley was the business and entertainment district in Detroit for African Americans from the 1920s through the 1950s. Historian and tour guide Jamon Jordan traveled to the area that was once known as Paradise Valley and explained how urban renewal plans in the 1960s wiped out this area.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was the Great Migration and how did that contribute to the develop of Paradise Valley in Detroit?
  • What was the Great Migration and how did that contribute to the develop of Paradise Valley in Detroit?
  • How did the 1956 Interstate Highway Act destroy Paradise Valley?
  • How did African American migration in and around the city of Detroit coincide with Jewish migration after the Interstate Highway Act?
  • What is meant by urban renewal? How did African Americans view urban renewal at the time?
  • How did end of Paradise Valley and Black Bottom deepen the wealth inequality in Detroit?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Business District
    • Eviction
    • Jim Crow
    • Sharecropping
    • The Great Migration
    • Urban Renewal

    Topics

    GeographyState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity