PUBLISHED: 14:57 EST, 23 July 2012 | UPDATED: 16:08 EST, 23 July 2012
Forty-five years after Detroit’s deadly race riots, a collection of powerful photographs have been released chronicling what remains one of the bleakest chapters in United States history.
Sparked by a police raid on a bar in a predominantly black neighbourhood, the socially, economically and racially-charged riots lasted four days and nights during the long, hot summer of 1967.
Late photographer Lee Balterman captured the fierce unrest, which left America stunned and Detroit scarred to this day, in a collection of heartbreaking yet powerful pictures, published by Life.com on the 45th anniversary of the event.
Chaos: Police and firemen attempt to get blazing fires under control
The horrific violence, widespread looting and devastating fires saw 43 people killed, 1189 injured and over 7,000 arrested.
Scores of businesses were turned upside down and street after street of buildings were left completely destroyed as angry residents protested against racial and economic inequality, police abuse and a lack of affordable housing.
Within 48 hours, Michigan governor George Romney had mobilised thousands of National Guard troops and President Lyndon Johnson eventually ordered paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne on to the streets on the riot’s fourth day.
The stunning images captured by Mr Balterman, who died aged 91 in March this year, show the devastation that littered Detroit in the aftermath of the 1967 summer riots, as families attempted to rebuild their lives from the rubble.
Devastation: People walk by destroyed and burned out building caused by the July Race Riots in Detroit, Michigan, in 1967
Tensions: Detroit Police officers confront African American people in the streets during the race riots
Evacuated: Police evacuate apartment building in search of sniper suspects during the riots
Army: During race riots in Detroit, Army tanks were brought in to patrol the streets
Smoke: Fireman fight a fire in a devastated Detroit neighborhood
Clean up: Crowds gather to watch authorities clean up debris after the riots
On guard: African American store owners protect their store with rifles and a sign saying ‘Soul Brother’
Crushed: An African American Woman stands outside abandoned and burnt out buildings from the devastating riots
Scorched: Cars were left burned and buildings gutted in the aftermath of the Detroit race riots
Looting: A Detroit Police officer stands guard over a grocery store, which was looted and damaged during the riots
Soldier: A National Guardsman patrols the streets after the shocking race riots
Emotional: During the riots in Detroit a family takes walk in devastated neighborhood
Armed: During race riots in Detroit, National Guard patrolled devastated neighborhood
Families: Residents try to get on with life in the aftermath of the Detroit race riots