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Title The Jewish Community of Metro Detroit 1945 2005
Author Barry Stiefel
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738540536
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After the end of World War II, Americans across the United States began a mass migration from the urban centers to suburbia. Entire neighborhoods transplanted themselves. The Jewish Community of Metro Detroit: 1945 -2005 provides a pictorial history of the Detroit Jewish community's transition from the city to the suburbs outside of Detroit. For the Jewish communities, life in the Detroit suburbs has been focused on family within a pluralism that embraces the spectrum of experience from the most religiously devout to the ethnically secular. Holidays, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, and funerals have marked the passage of time. Issues of social justice, homeland, and religion have divided and brought people together. The architecture of the structures the Detroit Jewish community has erected, such as Temple Beth El designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, testifies to the community's presence.

Detroit by David Lee Poremba

Title Detroit
Author David Lee Poremba
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2003-06
Category History
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0738524352
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On July 24, 1701, Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac stood in the heart of the wilderness on a bluff overlooking the Detroit River and claimed this frontier in the name of Louis XIV; thus began the story of Detroit, a city marked by pioneering spirits, industrial acumen, and uncommon durability. Over the course of its 300-year history, Detroit has been sculpted into a city unique in the American experience by its extraordinary mixture of diverse cultures: American Indian, French, British, American colonial, and a variety of immigrant newcomers. Detroit: A Motor City History documents the major events that shaped this once-small French fur-trading outpost across three centuries of conflict and prosperity. Through informative text and a variety of imagery, readers experience firsthand the struggles of the nascent village against raiding Indian tribes and the incessant political and military tug of war between the colonial French and English, and then American interests. Like many other major cities across the United States, Detroit played a pivotal role in establishing the country's economic and industrial power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, serving as a center for its well-known civilian and military mass-production resources. This visual history provides insight into Detroit's rapid evolution from a hamlet into a metropolis against a backdrop of important community and national affairs: the decimating fire of 1805, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and both world wars.

Title The Works Progress Administration in Detroit
Author Elizabeth Clemens
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738551813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the midst of the Depression, a government agency was created that changed the lives of thousands of Americans. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was more than a program that put the unemployed to work, it was a revolutionary concept that sought to improve the lives of Americans through the physical improvement of their surroundings and the physical and intellectual improvement of themselves. For the people of Detroit, the WPA built schools and libraries, provided clothing and shelter, and enriched their lives through literacy, health, and educational programs. It brought art, theater, and music to the masses through groundbreaking cultural programs and created the infrastructure necessary to allow Detroit to blossom into the aArsenal of Democracya and one of Americaas greatest cities.

This Is Detroit 1701 2001 by Arthur M. Woodford

Title This is Detroit 1701 2001
Author Arthur M. Woodford
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 2001
Category History
Total Pages 268
ISBN 0814329144
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Complemented by more than three hundred illustrations, this celebration of Detroit's tercentenary chronicles three hundred years of history, from its 1701 founding to the present day, tracing its evolution from backwoods French village to British fort to American city and exploring the issues that have confronted its inhabitants.

Detroit by Joe Darden

Title Detroit
Author Joe Darden
Publisher Temple University Press
Release Date 1990-06-28
Category Social Science
Total Pages 229
ISBN 0877227764
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hub of the American auto industry and site of the celebrated Riverfront Renaissance, Detroit is also a city of extraordinary poverty, unemployment, and racial segregation. This duality in one of the mightiest industrial metropolises of twentieth-century North America is the focus of this study. Viewing the Motor City in light of sociology, geography, history, and planning, the authors examine the genesis of modern Detroit. They argue that the current situation of metropolitan Detroit—economic decentralization, chronic racial and class segregation, regional political fragmentation—is a logical result of trends that have gradually escalated throughout the post-World War II era. Examining its recent redevelopment policies and the ensuing political conflicts, Darden, Hill, Thomas, and Thomas, discuss where Detroit has been and where it is going. In the series Comparative American Cities, edited by Joe T. Darden.

Detroit Police Department by Lt. Stephen W. White

Title Detroit Police Department
Author Lt. Stephen W. White
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738561991
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Since its inception in 1865, the Detroit Police Department has been a trailblazer and pioneer in adopting revolutionary advances in law enforcement that are essential to policing today. The Detroit Police Department was among the first police departments to put its officers on bicycles and developed one of the earliest motorized forces using motorcycles, ultimately becoming the first department to utilize Harley Davidson motorcycles. Of its firsts, arguably the most important and synonymous with the city of Detroit being recognized as the "Automotive Capital of the World" is the department's deployment of its first patrol car in 1909. This photographic book highlights the Detroit Police Department's rich history, resplendent with groundbreaking advancements in the field of law enforcement. Over the years, many of the issues that proved challenging to large metropolitan cities, such as urban unrest, school busing, labor disputes, crime, and poverty, also produced challenges for the department. This book illustrates how the department met those challenges and continued to serves its community with the utmost professionalism, respect, and pride. The vision of the Detroit Police Department is "building a safer Detroit through community partnerships," a with the unquestioned dedication and hard work exhibited by Detroit's fi nest, this vision has become a reality.

Title Detroit s Holy Family Church
Author Bonnie Leone
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738552178
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The traditions of the Sicilians and Italians have been present in Detroit and Holy Family Church since the early 1900s. The church being the very root of their soul, they have maintained their ancestors' culture and the rituals they brought with them over 100 years ago. Some of these customs date back hundreds of years in their homelands of Cinisi, Terrasini, Trapani, and many other cities. Bonnie Leone was born, raised, and still resides in Detroit. Originally appointed by Gov. John Engler to the position of Wayne County jury commissioner, Leone is a member of several genealogical societies, tracing some of her ancestors as far back as the 1500s. Her strong sense of history, art, and tradition brought her to this church, so that she may help to preserve and protect the traditions of the last 100 years of the Sicilians in Detroit.

Detroit by B. J. Widick

Title Detroit
Author B. J. Widick
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 1989
Category History
Total Pages 291
ISBN 0814321046
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This revised edition charts Detroit's bitter history of race and class violence, and its particular effect on the city today.

Italians In Detroit by Armando Delicato

Title Italians in Detroit
Author Armando Delicato
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2005
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738539856
Language English, Spanish, and French
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People of Italian descent have been present in Detroit since Alfonso Tonti, second-in-command to Antoine Cadillac, participated in the founding of the city in 1701. By the close of the 19th century, the trickle of Italian immigrants had become a torrent, as thousands rushed to the growing industrial center. Settling on the lower east side, the community grew rapidly, especially north and east into Macomb County. Italians in Detroit did not remain in a "little Italy," but mingled with the diverse population of the city. Through a combination of hard work and strong family and community ties, the Italians of Detroit have achieved their dreams of a better life. They have met the challenges of living in a new land while nurturing the culture of the old country. The challenge that remains is to nurture a love of heritage among young Italian Americans as the immigrant generation fades.

Detroit S Street Railways by Kenneth Schramm

Title Detroit s Street Railways
Author Kenneth Schramm
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738540277
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Detroit's Street Railways tells the story of public transportation in the Motor City. Dating back to 1863, when horse-drawn streetcars serviced the citizenry, public transportation in Detroit has a proud and colorful history. Early on, a host of streetcar companies carried Detroiters about their daily business. This period was followed by consolidation into one company, the Detroit United Railway, and later the establishment of the municipally owned Department of Street Railways. The Department of Street Railways, established May 15, 1922, inherited a vast system of streetcar lines throughout Detroit, the first city in the United States to establish municipally owned transit system. It was a leader and innovator in the transit industry, with continued streetcar service until April 8, 1956, when the last streetcars on Woodward Avenue were replaced by buses. When the Department of Street Railways began coach operations in 1925, the intent was to provide feeder service to the established streetcar lines, as expansion costs were prohibitive. Sadly, the program implemented to complement the city's streetcar operations led to the demise of the streetcar as the principal mode of transportation in the Motor City.

Aia Detroit by Eric J. Hill

Title AIA Detroit
Author Eric J. Hill
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 2003
Category Architecture
Total Pages 359
ISBN 0814331203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A guide to the architecture and landmarks of Detroit provides a series of tours through the city's districts and neighborhoods.

Title Detroit s Infamous Purple Gang
Author Paul R. Kavieff
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738552380
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang is a photographic history of one of the most notorious organized crime groups of the 20th century. The photographs chronologically follow the evolution of the Purples from their days as a juvenile street gang through their rise to power and eventual self-destruction. Using rare police department mug shots and group photographs, the book transports readers through the dark side of Prohibition-era Detroit history. Detroit had a gold rush atmosphere and a thriving black market during the 1920s that attracted gangsters and unsavory characters from all over the country.

Detroit S Corktown by Armando Delicato

Title Detroit s Corktown
Author Armando Delicato
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2007
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738551554
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Detroit's Corktown celebrates the history of Detroit's oldest neighborhood. From Irish immigrants in the 1840s to urban pioneers of the 21st century, this community has beckoned to the restless of spirit, the adventurous, and those who have sought to escape poverty and oppression to make a new life in America. While the city of Detroit has undergone tremendous change over the years, Corktown has never forgotten the solid working-class roots established by brave pioneers in the mid-19th century. Many of their shotgun homes are still occupied, and many commercial buildings have served the community for decades. Today the neighborhood is the scene of increasing residential and commercial development and has attracted attention throughout the region. No longer exclusively Irish, the community has also been important historically to the large German, Maltese, and Mexican populations of Detroit. Today it is a diverse and proud community of African Americans, Hispanics, working-class people of various national origins, and a growing population of young urban pioneers. It is still the sentimental heart of the Irish American community of metropolitan Detroit, and the Irish Plaza on Sixth Street honors the city's Irish pioneers and their 600,000 descendents living in the region.

Detroit Aces by Mark Rucker

Title Detroit Aces
Author Mark Rucker
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2006-04
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738539910
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever since the city was granted its first major league team, the Wolverines in 1881, Detroit baseball fans have packed the parks to loyally cheer for their favorite hurlers on the mound. In 1887, Charlie Getzein, nicknamed "Pretzels," led the Detroit ball club to its first National League pennant with 29 wins. The rubber-armed "Wild" Bill Donovan led the Detroit Tigers to the city's first American League pennant in 1907, notching up an astounding .862 winning percentage despite a legendary lack of control. More great pitchers were to follow in the coming decades, and, written from the perspective of an old-time fan, Detroit Aces: The First 75 Years is a fun read for any Motor City baseball enthusiast.

Title Twentieth Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit
Author Michael Hauser
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738561908
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As Detroit developed northward from the riverfront, Woodward Avenue became a mecca for retail, restaurants, and services. The 1870s and 1880s saw many independent merchants open their doors. By 1890, a new type of one-stop shopping had developed: the department store. Detroit's venerable Newcomb Endicott and Company was closely followed by other trailblazers: J. L. Hudson Company, Crowley Milner and Company, and the Ernst Kern Company. At its peak in the 1950s, the Woodward Avenue area boasted over four million square feet of retail, making it one of America's preferred retail destinations. Other Detroit emporiums such as the homegrown S. S. Kresge Company set trends in consumer culture. Generations made the trek downtown for back-to-school events, Easter shows, holiday windows, and family luncheons. Then, with the advent of suburban shopping centers, downtown stores began competing with their own branch locations. By the 1970s and 1980s, the dominoes began to fall as both chain and independent stores abandoned the once prosperous Woodward Avenue.

Detroit by Richard Bak

Title Detroit
Author Richard Bak
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 1998
Category Travel
Total Pages 124
ISBN 0752413554
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Working Detroit by Steve Babson

Title Working Detroit
Author Steve Babson
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 1986
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 252
ISBN 0814318193
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Babson recounts Detroit's odyssey from a bulwark of the "open shop" to the nation's foremost "union town." Through words and pictures, Working Detroit documents the events in the city's ongoing struggle to build an industrial society that is both prosperous and humane. Babson begins his account in 1848 when Detroit has just entered the industrial era. He weaves the broader historical realties, such as Red Scare, World War, and economic depression into his account, tracing the ebb and flow of the working class activity and organization in Detroit -- from the rise of the Knights of Labor and the American Federation of Labor in the 19th century, through the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the sitdown strike of the 1930s, to the civil rights and women's movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The book concludes with an examination of the present day crisis facing the labor movement.

The Detroit Tigers by Patrick Joseph Harrigan

Title The Detroit Tigers
Author Patrick Joseph Harrigan
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Release Date 1997-01-01
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 415
ISBN 0802079032
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A vivid portrait of a team, a sport and its far-reaching influence. The Detroit Tigers are a curious reflection of America's post-war urban society and this book illustrates the inextricable links between this team and its hometown.

Detroit S Sports Broadcasters by George B. Eichorn

Title Detroit s Sports Broadcasters
Author George B. Eichorn
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2003
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738531669
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sports are as much a part of the fabric of Detroit, Michigan, as is the automobile. From its professional teams such as the Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, to its local collegiate programs, the Motor City takes its sports seriously. Television and radio stations blanket the area with coverage of the games, players, and off-the-field goings-on affecting these teams. Men and women behind the microphones provide the link between Detroit teams and Detroit fans, offering play-by-play, analysis, interviews, and candid comments. Detroit's Sports Broadcasters: On the Air takes the reader behind the scenes, tracing nearly 80 years of electronic reporting-from broadcast pioneer Ty Tyson to the talk show hosts and anchors of today. Recall Detroit's great sports moments through the eyes and words of the legendary Ernie Harwell, Van Patrick, Budd Lynch, Bruce Martyn, Bob Reynolds, Dave Diles, Al Ackerman, Ray Lane, Frank Beckmann, and George Blaha.

Forgotten Detroit by Paul Vachon

Title Forgotten Detroit
Author Paul Vachon
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738560871
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Detroiters know their history well. Founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the city subsisted on a variety of industries: fur trading, stove building, and, of course, the automobile. Names such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh resonate in Detroiters' common memory. Detroit's meteoric rise during the 20th century established the city as an influential leader in commerce, culture, and religion. This growth spawned the development of numerous businesses, organizations, and institutions, many now forgotten. Albert Kahn left his indelible mark. Mary Chase Stratton created a new art form. And Henry Ford II changed the course of his family legacy. Forgotten Detroit delves into the wellspring of history to retell some of these lesser-known stories within Detroit's rich heritage.