Description : It takes people of all kinds to shape a place. Abolitionists. Trade unionists. Artists. Scientists. Soldiers. Explorers. Traders. Crusaders. Senators. Designers. Michigan had all of these--and all of them, in this book at least, were women. Written for young adults, Bold Women in Michigan History tells the stories of thirteen extraordinary women. Long before the existence of high-tech weatherproof gear, Madame de Cadillac paddled a canoe across two great lakes to help her husband found Detroit. Magdelaine LaFramboise grew rich as a fur trader. Disguised as a man, Emma Edmonds fought for two years in the Civil War. Lucy Thurman, Waunetta Dominic, and Delia Villegas Vorhauer fought other battles--for rights and social justice for their families and communities. Myra Wolfgang, the Battling Belle of Detroit, picketed and struck. Sippie Wallace sang--and lived--the blues. And Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering labored over a vaccine that would save millions of lives. The DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) short is still used today. Perfect for school, recreational reading, and the history shelf, Bold Women in Michigan History is a resource for kids--and adults--who like good stories about real people who made a difference.
Description : Countless Michiganian women performed extraordinary acts that challenged and improved the world. Madame Marie-Therese Cadillac served as the medicine woman in the frontier that became Detroit. Annie Taylor survived rolling over Niagara Falls in a barrel. After suffragist Anna Howard Shaw fought to vote, the state saw an influx of women running for office. In the 1970s, East Lansing’s Patricia Beeman aided in efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. Suellen Finatri showcased an extreme side of equestrian sports by riding more than four thousand miles from St. Ignace to Skagway, Alaska. And World War II army flight nurse Aleda Lutz evacuated more than 3,500 wounded soldiers and is still recognized as one of America’s most decorated servicewomen. Author and historian Norma Lewis commemorates the women who boldly left their marks.
Description : Award-winning author Bryan Prince portrays the experiences of slaves and former slaves in these compelling histories of the Underground Railroad and American Civil War. This special two-book collection includes: My Brother’s Keeper: African Canadians and the American Civil War The stirring story of African Canadians who had fled slavery and oppression in the United States but returned to enlist in the Union forces in the American Civil War. One More River to Cross Accused of the attempted murder of a plantation owner in Maryland during the early 1800s, Isaac Brown, a slave, survived harsh punishment, escaped, was recaptured, escaped again, and in the face of multiple challenges, ultimately made his way to freedom in Canada. This is his story.
Description : Michigan's colorful past is a story of bold explorers chiseling out settlements that blossomed into major cities, of ingenious entrepreneurs who built world-changing industries, of revolutionary social forces like the Underground Railroad and the Labor Movement, and of American icons such as the Motown sound and car culture. It is also a history of the exploitation of Native Americans, racial discord that resulted in devastating riots, and ongoing tensions between employers and workers. Exploring this history-both the distinguished and the disheartening-is crucial for understanding the heritage and identity that is shaping Michigan's present and future. Thorough, engaging, and well-researched, this book covers Michigan's earliest settlement by Native Americans to important political, social, and economic developments in the twenty-first century. Chronological chapters carefully guide readers through the centuries, highlighting the events that most significantly affected Michigan, the nation, and even the world. Throughout, the book emphasizes good storytelling to reveal a rich history of the people (both everyday and exceptional) who played pivotal roles in making Michigan. Perfect for use in courses on Michigan history, this entertaining book will also greatly appeal to Michiganders with even a casual interest in their state's fascinating past. Book jacket.
Description : The field of black women's history gained recognition as a legitimate field of study late in the twentieth century. Collecting stories that are both deeply personal and powerfully political, Telling Histories compiles seventeen personal narratives by leading black women historians at various stages in their careers, illuminating how they entered and navigated higher education, a world concerned with - and dominated by - whites and men. In distinct voices and from different vantage points, the personal histories revealed here also tell the story of the struggle to establish the fields of African American and African American women's history.
Description : A deep-sea diver, a dancer, an activist, an aviator, a singer, and a soldier—Great Girls in Michigan History highlights some of the girls from Michigan’s past who did amazing things before they turned twenty years old. Author Patricia Majher presents easy-to-read mini-biographies of twenty girls with ties to Michigan, representing a variety of personal backgrounds and interests, locations across the state, and historical time periods. Majher introduces little-known stories, like those of female aviator Nancy Harkness (Love), pioneer Anna Howard Shaw, escaped slave Dorothy Butler, professional baseball player Marilyn Jenkins, union leader Myra Komaroff (Wolfgang), and Native American writer Jane Johnston (Schoolcraft). She also includes figures that many readers will recognize—including First Lady Betty Bloomer (Ford), jockey Julie Krone, Motown star Diana Ross, and tennis champion Serena Williams. Majher shows that while life wasn’t always easy for these girls, they were able to overcome any number of obstacles to achieve their goals. Great Girls in Michigan History includes a brief section on each girl’s life after the age of twenty and a glossary of selected vocabulary words at the end of the book. With its depictions of young women who have not typically been represented in history texts, this book will be inspirational reading for upper elementary school students (ages 8 to 12) and welcomed by Michigan schools, bookstores, and public libraries.