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 : Michigan's Upper Peninsula was a major destination for Finns during the peak years of migration in the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Several Upper Peninsula communities had large Finnish populations and Finnish churches, lodges, cooperative stores, and temperance societies. Ishpeming and Hancock, especially, were important nationally as Finnish cultural centers. Originally published in Finnish in 1967 by Armas K. E. Holmio, History of the Finns in Michigan, translated into English by Ellen M. Ryynanen, brings the story of the contribution of Finnish immigrants into the mainstream of Michigan history. Holmio combines firsthand experience and personal contact with the first generation of Finnish immigrants with research in Finnish-language sources to create an important and compelling story of an immigrant group and its role in the development of Michigan.
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.