This course is a research seminar on Detroit-based activists James and Grace Lee Boggs and the history of Detroit during the second half of the 20th century. As both activists and thinkers, the Boggses helped to shape the radical stream of the postwar black freedom movement. They also were pivotal figures in Detroit grassroots political struggles. Through their four decades of marriage and political partnership, Grace and James Boggs analyzed and participated in a range of social movements and struggles—from the socialist Left, to the Black Power movement, to rebuilding America’s post-industrial cities, among others. We will explore their ideas and activism as a way to better understand Detroit’s recent history. The primary requirement for this course is an original research paper based on primary sources. In addition, the following is expected of all students: timely completion of reading assignments; consistent participation in class discussions; a rough draft of your research paper; and two short writings assignments.