Description : The highly toxic PBB poisoning of Michigan remains the most widespread chemical contamination known in U.S. history. The Poisoning of Michigan is an investigative journalist's account of the contamination of Michigan's dairy cattle with the highly toxic chemical PBB (polybrominated biphenyl) in 1973. A near relation of PCB, this now-banned substance, designed as a fire retardant, was mistaken for a nutritional supplement at a chemical plant. It ended up in cattle feed that was distributed to farms throughout the state. By the time the error was discovered, virtually all nine million residents of Michigan had been ingesting contaminated milk and meat for almost a year. A new introduction by the author and an afterword by three distinguished environmental scientists explain how the legacy of Michigan's poisoning lives on--and how equally toxic substitutes for PBB still invade our homes and lives. This new edition of Egginton's environmental classic--first published in 1980 and long out of print--tells how the tragedy affected both the farm community and the wider populace, and how federal and state authorities failed to respond. "We were mired in a swamp of ignorance," one state official admitted.
Description : This standard textbook on Michigan history covers the entire scope of the Wolverine State's historical record. This third revised edition incorporates events since 1980 and draws on new studies to expand and improve its coverage of various ethnic groups, recent political developments, labor and business, and many other topics.
Description : A journey to 500 public parks and points of access along the Lake Michigan shore, this guide is a must for the beach lover, hiker, kayaker, boater, fisher, skier or camper looking to explore this shore. Arranged geographically from the Indiana border to the Straits of Mackinac, each site is pinpointed with maps; most sites have GPS descriptions. Charts tell the important features at each place. Quickly find lighthouses, dunes or a beach of solitude!
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 : Michigan Genealogy identifies records on the state and regional level and then the county level, providing details of vital records, court and land records, military records, newspapers, and census records, as well as the holdings of the various societies and institutions whose resources and facilities support the special needs of the genealogist. This thoroughly revised and expanded edition lists, county by county, the names addresses, websites, e-mail addresses, and hours of business of libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, courthouses, and other record repositories; describes their manuscripts and record collections; highlights their special holdings; and provides details regarding queries, searches, and restrictions on the use of their records.