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Great Lakes Books Series

Editor: Thomas Klug, Wayne State University
The Great Lakes Books Series specializes in books of regional interest and importance to Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region. Inaugurated in 1986 to honor Michigan's 1987 sesquicentennial, the series currently includes titles on Michigan and regional history, the Upper Peninsula, military history, the Great Lakes and maritime history, Detroit history and culture, automotive history, art and architecture, literature, sports, ecology and the environment, and books for young readers.

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A Beaver Tale

The Castors of Conners Creek

Written and Illustrated by Gerald Wykes

For young readers, an engaging and beautifully illustrated story about the return of beavers to the Detroit River.

Hardback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341810
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341827
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Lake Invaders

Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes

William Rapai

An examination of the ecological damage that has been done by several invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Paperback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341247
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341254
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A Fluid Frontier

Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland

Edited by Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker
With a foreword by David W. Blight

New research on the long, shared struggle for freedom by people of African descent in the Detroit River borderland from a uniquely bi-national perspective.

Paperback
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9780814339596
eBOOK
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 9780814339602
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Justus S. Stearns

Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933

Michael W. Nagle

Examines a major Michigan timber baron and political figure who also founded a coal-mining empire in Kentucky.

Hardback
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341261
eBOOK
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341278

Race, Religion, and the Pulpit

Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit

Julia Marie Robinson

Details Reverend Bradby’s work during the Great Migration and the interwar period, when his Second Baptist Church became an important hub for Detroit’s African American community.

Hardback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814332917
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340370

Mapping Detroit

Land, Community, and Shaping a City

Edited by June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering

Illustrates and analyzes Detroit’s dramatic physical transformation in a balanced mix of text and maps.

Paperback
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814340264
eBOOK
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814340271
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Asian Americans in Michigan

Voices from the Midwest

Edited by Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew
With a Foreword by Frank H. Wu and an Afterword by Bich Minh Nguyen

Explores a neglected cultural and social history from a variety of perspectives.

Paperback
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814332818
eBOOK
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814339749
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Great Girls in Michigan History

Patricia Majher

For young readers, a diverse collection of biographical sketches of twenty notable young women with ties to Michigan.

Paperback
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814340738
eBOOK
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 9780814340745

Father Abraham's Children

Michigan Episodes in the Civil War

Frank B. Woodford
New Foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

Collects anecdotes, legends, stories, and reminiscences of Civil War veterans from a wide variety of written sources and personal interviews, in paperback for the first time.

Paperback
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780814339572
eBOOK
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780814339589
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"Old Slow Town"

Detroit during the Civil War

Paul Taylor

Details Detroit's tumultuous social, political, and military history during the Civil War.

Hardback
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814336038
eBOOK
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814339305
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Arsenal of Democracy

The American Automobile Industry in World War II

Charles K. Hyde

Examines the role of the American automobile industry in producing vehicles, weapons, and other war products during World War II.

Hardback
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814339510
eBOOK
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814339527
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The Colored Car

Jean Alicia Elster

For young readers, the powerful story of an African American girl's train journey south from Detroit in 1937.

Paperback
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814336069
eBOOK
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814336083

Redevelopment and Race

Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit

June Manning Thomas

A history of how racial disunity and industrial decline handicapped post-World War II urban planning initiatives in Detroit.

Paperback
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 9780814339077
eBOOK
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 9780814339084

The Political Activities of Detroit Clubwomen in the 1920s

A Challenge and a Promise

Jayne Morris-Crowther

Follows the work of Detroit women's organizations as they dealt with issues related to voting, industrialization, and immigration.

Hardback
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338155
eBOOK
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338162

Among the Enemy

A Michigan Soldier’s Civil War Journal

Edited by Mark Hoffman

Collects the detailed and personal writings of a member of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics during the Civil War.

Paperback
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814334713
eBOOK
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338537

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan

A Quaternary and Recent Faunal Adventure

By J. Alan Holman

A comprehensive look at Michigan amphibians and reptiles from ancient times to present.

Hardback
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814332399
eBOOK
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814337134

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

People, Law, and Politics

David Gardner Chardavoyne

A chronological history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present.

Hardback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814334614
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814337202

Geology and Landscape of Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity

William L. Blewett

A fully illustrated field guide to the geology and scenery of northern Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and vicinity.

Paperback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814334416
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336168

Lake Superior Profiles

People on the Big Lake

John Gagnon

Introduces readers to ordinary, offbeat, and interesting people living on and around Lake Superior.

Paperback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336281
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336298
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The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812

In Defense of William Hull

Anthony J. Yanik

Details the first major U.S. setback in the War of 1812 and analyzes the background and aftermath of Hull’s surrender.

Hardback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335987
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335956

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