A distinctive urban publisher since 1941

Wayne State University Press

0 items

All Our Yesterdays

A Brief History of Detroit

Frank B. Woodford and Arthur M. Woodford

Detroit, History, Open Access

Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814344439
Pages: 416 Size: 5 x 8
Illustrations: 70 b&w photos
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343401

All Our Yesterdays is the first history of the City of Detroit to be published in the last twenty-five years. It is an account based on extensive historical research, yet is written in such a style as to make interesting and enjoyable reading.

The authors tell of the founding of the the town by the French, control by the British, and growth as an American city. These episodes are recounted in the words and deeds of the people who lived and worked here, men like Judge Woodward, Father Gabriel Richard, and Governor Lewis Cass. Here also are accounts of the expansion of the automobile industry, the days of the roaring twenties, prohibition, the great depression, World Wars I and II, and the city of the 1950s and 1960s. This is the story of a great city; a story of past deeds, present problems, and future hopes. But more important, this is a story by and about the people of Detroit, for it is the people that have made this city great.

Frank B. Woodford (1903-1967) was a native of Detroit. He graduated from Hillsdale College in 1923 and earned a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1925. He was the author or co-author of numerous books on Detroit history. All Our Yesterdays, his final work, is a fitting tribute to Mr. Woodford's appointment as City Historiographer of the city of Detroit. Arthur M. Woodford, also a native of Detroit, was born in 1940. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan, from which he received his Master of Library Science degree.