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#Docuhistory: A City on Fire


May 28 2020


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Watch Party & Twitter Conversation

A City on Fire

A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers

#Docuhistory with Robert Greene II and Pete Lapré

Join us Thursday, May 28, 2020, for a screening and Twitter discussion of the documentary film, A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers (2002). Co-written by former Sports Illustrated reporter Armen Keteyian, the film revisits the Tigers' successful 1967 and 1968 seasons amid escalating tensions and race rioting ... Read More

At 5 pm EDT, we'll all stream the documentary online. While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderators Robert Greene II (@robgreeneII) and Pete Lapré (@ThinkinHistory).

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, @HSGlobalHistory, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Resource List

A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers (2002) | Watch online

How Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death Affected the NBA

By Justin Tinsley | The Undefeated

On the eve of Russell vs. Chamberlain, MLK Jr. was assassinated — could the game go on?

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1968 Was a Revolutionary Year for France and the French Open

By Christopher Clarey | New York Times

It would have been extraordinary enough if the first open Grand Slam tournament had been staged in routine conditions.

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Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in School

By Dave Zirin | Zinn Educational Project

It has been almost 44 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the medal stand following the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and created what must be considered the most enduring, riveting image in the history of either sports or protest.

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1968 Baseball's Opening Day and Dr. King

By Jonathan Mercantini | U.S. Sport History

The 1968 baseball season was scheduled to start on April 8. Not every team was slated to play on Opening Day half a century ago; but 1968 was one of the most dramatic years in the history of America and of baseball.

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A Look Back at 1968, the Year of the Pitcher

By Bob Herzog | Newsday

A year before the summer of the moon, it was the summer of the stars.

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The St. Louis Cardinals of the Sixties and Their Effect on Black/White Relations in St. Louis

By Scott Powers

In baseball, it doesn't matter how poor a background a player comes from; he can still make it to the Major Leagues if he has the talent and the determination.

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Black Tigers: Detroit and the 1967 Rebellion

By Louis Moore | U.S. Sport History

Fifty years ago, on July 23, 1967, routine arrests at a blind pig (an illegal after hours’ establishment) in Detroit ignited an explosive rebellion that lasted five days. That night, hometown hero, Willie Horton, of the Detroit Tigers, drove his car into the rebellion to quell the flames. It didn’t work. This piece is a brief look at Black Detroit, the Tigers, and the 1967 Rebellion.

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Detroit Fifty Years After the Kerner Report: What Has Changed, What Has Not, And Why?

By Reynolds Farley | The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Immediately after the Detroit violence of July 1967, President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission and ordered it to determine what had happened, why, and what could be done to prevent urban riots. This analysis focuses on racial change in metropolitan Detroit.

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Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction Against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964

By Thomas J. Sugrue | The Journal of American History

The dominant narratives of twentieth-century United States history depict the rise of a triumphant liberal state, shaped by the hopeful marriage of government and expertise and validated by a "liberal consensus" of workers, corporations, southerners and northerners, whites and Blacks, Catholics and Jews.

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Robert Greene

Claflin University

Robert Greene II is an Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in 2019. Dr. Greene serves as book reviews editor and bloggers for the Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians. He also serves as Lead Instructor for the South Carolina…...

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Pete Lapré

Pete Lapré has taught Social Studies at Park East High School in East Harlem, New York, for the past 12 years. He has extensive experience designing curricula and assessments and providing feedback to various pedagogical projects such as the NYC DOE, notably for their Passport to Social Studies, The World…...

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