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Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State, 5th Edition

Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State, 5th Edition

Bruce A. Rubenstein (Original Author), Lawrence E. Ziewacz (Original Author)

ISBN: 978-1-118-64972-5 February 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 408 Pages


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The fifth edition of Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State presents an update of the best college-level survey of Michigan history, covering the pre-Columbian period to the present.

  • Represents the best-selling survey history of Michigan
  • Includes updates and enhancements reflecting the latest historic scholarship, along with the new chapter ‘Reinventing Michigan’
  • Expanded coverage includes the socio-economic impact of tribal casino gaming on Michigan’s Native American population; environmental, agricultural, and educational issues; recent developments in the Jimmy Hoffa mystery, and collegiate and professional sports
  • Delivered in an accessible narrative style that is entertaining as well as informative, with ample illustrations, photos, and maps
  • Now available in digital formats as well as print

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Introduction     vii

1 The Original Michiganians     1

2 The New Acadia     16

3 Under the Union Jack     42

4 Wilderness Politics and Economics     57

5 Challenges of Statehood     70

6 Decade of Turmoil     85

7 Defense of the Nation     102

8 Radicals and Reformers     115

9 Early Ethnic Contributions     130

10 Grain, Grangers, and Conservation     142

11 Development of Intellectual Maturity     157

12 Wood and Rails     176

13 The World of Wheels     195

14 From Bull Moose to Bull Market     210

15 Depression Life in an Industrial State     231

16 Inequality in the Arsenal of Democracy     249

17 Fears and Frustration in the Cold War Era     261

18 The Turbulent 1960s     274

19 Challenges of the 1970s     287

20 Toward the Twenty-First Century     299

21 Entering the New Millennium     317

22 Reinventing Michigan     334

Appendix A: Governors of the Territory and State of Michigan     344

Appendix B: Counties, Dates of Organization, and
Origins of County Names     346

Appendix C: Michigan’s State Song     351

Appendix D: Michigan’s State Symbols     352

Index     353