Above, workers pose next to a 1942 Packard Clipper fresh off the assembly line. Packard had invested heavily in the Clipper line, which was a significant departure in styling and production. Despite being well received by critics and consumers, the outbreak of the Second World War halted production just as it was gaining momentum.
Woodward Avenue, which runs down the middle of Detroit, descended into chaos during the 21st and 22nd of June, 1943. Rioters on both sides of the color line tipped over cars, setting them alight. By the time the riots were quelled by federal troops three days later, 34 people were dead, and hundreds were wounded.