Bunge’s maps in Fitzgerald: Geography of a Revolution, a particular square mile in black industrial Detroit, convinced him he had written a real geography book, a book that showed the social utility of geography: a book that would change children’s lives.
This was a time before even more characteristic movements to the suburbs hollowed out the centre of Detroit. It was a time of pent up anger. Bunge had journeyed to Chicago for the Martin Luther King demonstrations in 1966. He witnessed army tanks on the streets of Detroit a year later. “We had people killed, beaten, and raped. One child was riddled with bullets fired into her home and into her crib” (Bunge, 1974, 485).