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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.

Advisory Editors: Fredric C. Bohm, DeWitt, Michigan; Sandra Sageser Clark, Michigan History Center; Thomas R. Dilley, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Clements Library; Keith Dye, University of Michigan-Dearborn; De Witt Dykes, Oakland University; Joe Grimm, Michigan State University; Laurie Harris, Shelby Township, Michigan; Charles K. Hyde, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Susan Higman Larsen, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; Philip P. Mason, Phoenix, Arizona and Eagle Harbor, Michigan; Dennis Moore, Dearborn, Michigan; Erik C. Nordberg, Walter P. Reuther Library; Deborah Smith Pollard, University of Michigan–Dearborn; Michael O. Smith, Bentley Historical Library; Arthur M. Woodford, Harsens Island, Michigan

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Arsenal of Democracy

The American Automobile Industry in World War II

Charles K. Hyde

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

Arab Detroit 9/11

Life in the Terror Decade

Edited by Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock

Contributors explore the trauma, unexpected political gains, and moral ambiguities faced by Arab Detroiters in post-9/11 America.

Paperback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335000
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814336823

Iron Will

Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847-2006

Terry S. Reynolds and Virginia P. Dawson

The history of Cleveland-Cliffs, a company that played a key role in iron mining development in the Lake Superior region.

Hardback
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814335116
eBOOK
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814336434

Monopoly on Wheels

Henry Ford and the Selden Automobile Patent

William Greenleaf
With a New Introduction by David L. Lewis

Examines the eight-year legal fight to overturn the Selden automobile patent in the early days of the American auto industry.

Paperback
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814335123
eBOOK
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814335840
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The Color of Law

Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights

Steve Babson, Dave Riddle, and David Elsila

Biography of Ernie Goodman, a Detroit lawyer and political activist who played a key role in social justice cases.

Hardback
Published: October 2010
ISBN: 9780814334966
eBOOK
Published: October 2010
ISBN: 9780814336380
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Hollowed Ground

Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840s-1990s

Larry Lankton

Details a century and a half of copper mining along Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, from the arrival of the first incorporated mines in the 1840s until the closing of the last mine in the mid-1990s.

Paperback
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814334904
Hardback
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814334584
$79.95
eBOOK
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814336960

Storied Independent Automakers

Nash, Hudson, and American Motors

Charles K. Hyde

Explores the business history of three major independent American automakers—Nash Motor Company, the Hudson Motor Car Company, and the American Motors Company—that faced fierce competition from the "Big Three."

Hardback
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814334461
eBOOK
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814340868

A Newscast for the Masses

The History of Detroit Television News

Tim Kiska

Explores the development of local television news and the economic and social factors that elevated it to prominence.

Paperback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814333020
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Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation

Anthony J. Yanik

A detailed history of Maxwell Motor Company, a medium-sized Detroit automaker that became the foundation of the Chrysler Corporation.

Hardback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814334232
eBOOK
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814340851
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Art in Detroit Public Places

Third Edition

Dennis Alan Nawrocki

Third edition of a favorite guide to major examples of public art in metropolitan Detroit, updated for the first time since 1999.

Paperback
Published: August 2008
ISBN: 9780814333785
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Who's Jim Hines?

Jean Alicia Elster

A look at issues of race in Depression-era Detroit for young readers, aged 8 through 12.

Paperback
Published: July 2008
ISBN: 9780814334027
eBOOK
Published: July 2008
ISBN: 9780814335437

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