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Unease

While life in Michigan was good, the economic depression and discrimination set limits on Jews' upward mobility and were the sources of unease and group defense.

Image of Boesky's Restaurant During the Depression Boesky's Restaurant offered soup to the needy at no cost, joining other Detroit businesses helping those in need in the 1930s.
Boesky's Restaurant
Courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
 
Some Jews in Michigan participated in the growing unrest about unemployment and about labor's rights that marked the industrial nation in the 1930s. Some Jews also grew anxious about rising anti-Semitism.

Image of 1932 Detroit Hunger March

  1932 Detroit Hunger March
Courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University