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This is Detroit, 1701-2001

An Illustrated History

Arthur M. Woodford

Award Winner

Detroit, History

Great Lakes Books Series

Published: May 2001
ISBN: 9780814329146
Pages: 320 Size: 8.5x11
Illustrations: 363

Arthur M. Woodford takes readers back to the days of Cadillac's settlement and leads them through Detroit's transition from French village to British fort to American town. As the city's history unfolds, he describes the issues facing its inhabitants in different eras, including westward expansion, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and two world wars. Woodford brings his history up to the present day by surveying Detroit's new cultural landscape, focusing on its current renaissance. Written in a brisk, engaging style and filled with historic illustrations and photographs, Woodford's work is an enjoyable and authoritative overview that captures the wide scope and great variety of a proud and multifaceted city. Published under the auspices of Detroit 300, this handsome volume is a highlight of the city's tricentennial celebration, presenting Detroit's best face to the world—and to the future.

Arthur M. Woodford, a native Detroiter, is director of the St. Clair Shores Public Library. He is coauthor, with his father, Frank B. Woodford, of All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 1969), and the author of Detroit and Its Banks (Wayne State University Press, 1974), Detroit: American Urban Renaissance (Continental Heritage Press, 1979), and Charting the Inland Seas: A History of the U.S. Lake Survey (Wayne State University Press, 1994).

Of all the mainstream text format history books written about Detroit in the past 50 years . . . This is Detroit is one of the best and most comprehensive efforts. It also has many wonderful photographs, some of which have never been published before outside of newspapers.

– Dearborn Press & Guide

Arthur M. Woodford's excellent history of Detroit makes a valuable contribution to our city's tricentennial celebration. This Is Detroit, 1701- 2001 illuminates Detroit's rich heritage and central importance-especially during the twentieth century, when our gifts to the world were nothing less than the auto industry, collective bargaining, the Arsenal of Democracy, and Motown music.-

– Dennis W. Archer, Former Mayor, City of Detroit

  • 2001 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2001 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial