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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 Hanging in Detroit

Stephen Gifford Simmons and the Last Execution under Michigan Law

David G. Chardavoyne

The first historical study—and a riveting account—of the last execution in Michigan.

Paperback
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814331330
Hardback
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814331323
$44.95
eBOOK
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814337394

Great Lakes Journey

A New Look at America's Freshwater Coast

William Ashworth

A detailed picture of the status of the Great Lakes at the end of the twentieth century.

Paperback
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814328378
eBOOK
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814339992

Beyond the Windswept Dunes

The Story of Maritime Muskegon

Elizabeth B. Sherman

The first book to document the maritime history of the port city Muskegon combining historical detail and good storytelling.

Paperback
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814331279
eBOOK
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814340011

The French Canadians of Michigan

Their Contribution to the Development of the Saginaw Valley and the Keweenaw Peninsula, 1840-1914

Jean Lamarre

The first major study of the migration of French Canadians to Michigan during the nineteenth century and their substantial impact on the state’s development.

Paperback
Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780814331583
eBOOK
Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780814339978
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Michigan's Early Military Forces

A Roster and History of Troops Activated Prior to the American Civil War

Rosters compiled by Le Roy Barnett
with histories by Roger Rosentreter

The first extensive treatment of Michigan's early military forces, this book includes the names of all known Michiganians who answered the call to arms prior to the Civil War and explains the circumstances of each major conflict.

Hardback
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814330814
eBOOK
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814340301
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Riding the Roller Coaster

A History of the Chrysler Corporation

Charles K. Hyde

The first comprehensive history of the Chrysler Corporation, this book is intended for readers interested in the history of automobiles and of American business, and for fans and critics of Chrysler’s products.

Hardback
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814330913
eBOOK
Published: February 2003
ISBN: 9780814337813

For the Good of the Children

A History of the Boys and Girls Republic

Gay Pitman Zieger

The story of a notable children’s institution founded at the turn of the twentieth century, this book looks at the lives of troubled children and those who helped them, and illuminates major shifts in America’s child welfare system.

Hardback
Published: January 2003
ISBN: 9780814330869

Independent Man

The Life of Senator James Couzens

Harry Barnard
With an Introduction by David L. Lewis

The only book-length biography of a major Michigan figure who served as Detroit’s mayor and contributed to the early success of the Ford Motor Company.

Paperback
Published: July 2002
ISBN: 9780814343968
eBOOK
Published: July 2002
ISBN: 9780814335871

The Iron Hunter

Chase S. Osborn
With an Introduction by Robert M. Warner

Autobiography of Michigan’s controversial governor from the Upper Peninsula.

Paperback
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814343951
eBOOK
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814335857

Bridging the River of Hatred

The Pioneering Efforts of Detroit Police Commissioner George Edwards

Mary M. Stolberg

Bridging the River of Hatred portrays the career of George Clifton Edwards, Jr., Detroit's visionary police commissioner.

Paperback
Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780814325735
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Windjammers

Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors

Ivan H. Walton
Joe Grimm

A collection of stories, lyrics, music and folklore centered on the Great Lakes.

Paperback
Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814329979
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The Reuther Brothers

Walter, Roy, and Victor

by Mike and Pam Smith

This book portrays the brothers' lifelong commitment to each other and to workers' rights.

Paperback
Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814329955
Hardback
Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814329948
$27.95
eBOOK
Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814339886
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History of the Finns in Michigan

Armas K. E. Holmio
Translated by Ellen M. Ryynanen

A history of the Finnish people in Michigan published in English for the first time.

Paperback
Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814329740
Hardback
Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814327906
$49.95
eBOOK
Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814340004

The Diary of Bishop Frederic Baraga

First Bishop of Marquette, Michigan

Edited and Annotated by Regis M. Walling and Rev. N. Daniel Rupp
Translated by Joseph Gregorich and rev. Paul Prud’homme, S.J.

An introductory biography of Baraga, lengthy passages from his letters, vignettes about persons in the text and a comprehensive bibliography yield an in-depth portrait of mid-nineteenth century life, especially in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Paperback
Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814329993
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Frontier Metropolis

Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838

Brian Leigh Dunnigan

Fascinating glimpses of Detroit in the years before photography.

Hardback
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814327678
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814330111
$300.00

Schooner Passage

Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier

Theodore J. Karamanski

Schooner Passage is a history of some of the magnificent sailing vessels and their role in maritime trade along Lake Michigan.

Hardback
Published: January 2001
ISBN: 9780814329115
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Mail by the Pail

By Colin Bergel
Illustrated by Mark Koenig

A delightful story that illustrates the mail delivery system for Great Lakes freighters.

Printed Paper Cased
Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9780814328903

Looking Beyond Race

The Life of Otis Milton Smith

Otis Milton Smith and Mary M. Stolberg
With a foreword by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

In Looking Beyond Race, Otis Milton Smith recounts his life as an African American who overcame poverty and prejudice to become a successful politician, and eventual president of General Motors.

Hardback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814329399

The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region

Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Geography, geology, architecture, and biography are joined to create this detailed study of a region and the majestic sandstone with which it was developed.

Hardback
Published: July 2000
ISBN: 9780814328071

Arab Detroit

From Margin to Mainstream

Edited by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock

In this volume, Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock bring together the work of twenty-five contributors to create a richly detailed portrait of Arab Detroit.

Paperback
Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814328125
Hardback
Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814328118
$54.95
eBOOK
Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814339787

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