50 Essential Books on Michigan History

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50 Essential Books on Michigan History


One of the many responsibilities of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL) is sponsorship of Michigan Week. Held in May, the annual celebration brings attention on the state's rich and diverse heritage. HAL, which includes the Library of Michigan, also has a strong and vested interest in promoting reading. To assist anyone asking the question, "What should I read to learn more about Michigan history?," HAL offers a list of the ...

* Armour, David A., and Keith R. Widder. At the Crossroads: Michilimackinac During the American Revolution. Mackinac Island: Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1986.

* Bogue, Margaret Beattie. Fishing the Great Lakes: An Environmental History, 1783-1933. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

* Brehm, Victoria, ed. The Women's Great Lakes Reader. Duluth: Holy Cow! Press, 1998.

* Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840. 2 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1950.

* Carson, Gerald. Cornflake Crusade. New York: Rinehart, 1957.

* Catton, Bruce. Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987.

* Cleland, Charles E. Rites of Conquest: The History and Culture of Michigan's Native Americans. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992.

* Clifton, James A., George L. Cornell, and James M. McClurken. People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi and Ojibway of Michigan. Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids Inter-Tribal Council, 1986.

* Clive, Alan. State of War: Michigan In World War II. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1979.

* Darden, Joe T. Detroit, Race and Uneven Development. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.

* Dunbar, Willis F. All Aboard! A History of Railroads In Michigan. Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1969.

* Dunbar, Willis F., and George S. May. Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State. 3rd rev. ed. Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995.

* Dunnigan, Brian Leigh. Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2001.

* Eckert, Kathryn Bishop. Buildings of Michigan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

* Fine, Sidney. "Expanding The Frontiers of Civil Rights": Michigan, 1948-1968. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000.

* Fine, Sidney. Frank Murphy. 3 vols. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1975-1984.

* Fine, Sidney. Sit-down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. 1969.

* Fine, Sidney. Violence In the Model City: The Cavanagh Administration, Race Relations, and the Detroit Riot of 1967. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1989.

* Formisano, Ronald P. The Birth of Mass Political Parties in Michigan, 1827-1861. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971.

* Gilpin, Alec R. The Territory of Michigan, 1805-1837. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1970.

* Gilpin, Alec R. The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1958.

* Gray, Susan E. The Yankee West: Community Life on the Michigan Frontier Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1996.

* Halsey, John, ed. and Michael Stafford, assoc. ed. Retrieving Michigan's Buried Past: The Archaeology of the Great Lakes State. Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 1999.

* Holli, Melvin G. Reform In Detroit: Hazen S. Pingree and Urban Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

* Hyde, Charles K.

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