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This book examines Michigan's colorful history from 1980 to 1994. George May has used the large body of new studies that have appeared in recent years to expand and improve the book's coverage of Indians, African Americans, various ethnic groups, recent political developments, labor and business, and numerous other topics.

About the Author

Born and educated in Michigan, the late Dr. George S. May devoted most of his career to teaching, studying, and writing about the state's history. His two-volume Pictorial History of Michigan, published in the late 1960s, has virtually become a classic of its genre and subject matter. Given the state's industrial distinction and his own expertise, Dr. May also wrote A Most Unique Machine: The Michigan Origins of the American Automobile Industry, and R.E. Olds: Auto Industry Pioneer. In 1986 Dr. May became a professor emeritus of history at Eastern Michigan University after teaching for twenty years at that institution. In 1986-1987 he served as visiting curator at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, assisting with its exhibition, "The Automobile in American Life."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 781 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 3rd ed. edition (September 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802870554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802870551
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a life-long resident of Michigan, I felt that I needed to know more about my home state. Dunbar and May's work did just that.
Michigan : A History of the Wolverine State lies somewhere between a textbook and a more casual non-fiction text, with copious endnotes for the historian, yet a clear, flowing style for the casual reader. It would serve as an excellent text for a college course on the subject.
I found reading this work to be immensely valuable and entertaining, and a great conversation starter. In it you will find explanations of the origins of nearly every facet of Michigan society. Beginning with the ancient history of the Native American tribes, and finishing with the education and tax reforms of the early 1990's, very little is left behind. You will learn such quirky facts as the meaning of the name "Ypsilanti", why Kellogg and Post Cereals are both headquartered in Battle Creek, and the true story of the Michigan-Ohio border war. Comprehensive, lucid, and entertaining. Recommended.
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This is the required text for a Michigan History Course I am taking at a local community college. Each chapter is long and lacking a true theme; I would describe each chapter as a collage of arcane and dense factoids in a topical fashion concerning Michigan History. The content in many chapters overlap and the lack of solid themes in each chapter, combined with names, dates, and too many statistics make each chapter difficult to summarize and assimilate. The authors are both deceased, Dunbar died in 1970, and May in 2003, so it could further use to be updated, and given a more modern analysis of the material. This book should be about 2/3 shorter. It needs heavy editing; someone to look at the content - really analyze it, then cut out the dead ends and dried leaves. Michigan has an interesting past, but you have to wade through a lot of minitiae to get it out of this book.
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I had bought this book because I needed it for a class for college, and as I started reading it I started to understand the drama of how Michigan came about-It was a rough road for our ancestors. The authors pull you back in time in a way that it is not just a history book, but it kind of tells the STORY too.
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The book is extremely in depth, and seems to flow pretty easily while reading it. I bought this book for a college class, and I can honestly say I enjoy reading it on a personal level.
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This is the foremost and most thorough history on the whole state of Michigan. For any Michigander with a library, this is a must.
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It all began with Native Americans before the white European settlers in the early 17th century.
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