- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; Reprint edition (August 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738533734
- ISBN-13: 978-0738533735
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Detroit: 1860-1899 (MI) (Images of America) Paperback – August 1, 1998
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About the Author
Discover the fascinating history of Michigan’s largest city and the oldest city in the Midwest. Local historian David Lee Poremba has combined photographs from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library with informative text in order to preserve the city’s unique heritage. Included in the book are rare, Civil War–era photographs, including African-American troops, as well as the various businesses that contributed to the growth of the city.
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If you are looking for someone special, it is unlikely that you will find them in this book. You will find what the architecture looked like and how the people dressed. You will find examples of the modes of transportation and the types of commerce.
This book helps to fill in some of the culture of the period. Most of the time when you are looking for genealogy information you find nothing but dates, names and places. This book helps to fill in some of the history that was taking place at the time.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a general snap shot of the era.
Beginning with Detroit's involvement in the Civil War, the reader is taken on a journey through the people, places, and advertisements that was Detroit in the 19th century. I especially like seeing the shots of the street corners that still exist to this day, but, my - how it's changed! And that's probably my biggest complaint about Detroit: where most major cities treasure its past, Detroit and the surrounding suburbs love to tear down its history.
At least we have the photographs to see the long ago beauty of the city. And it was a beautiful city.
One of the most very interesting set of photos are the shots taken of Civil War soldiers at Fort Wayne, training for battle. I myself am part of a Civil War reenactor's unit and have done drills on the very same grounds inside of Fort Wayne as those men of long ago, seeing the very same bricks and tunnels (shown in the photos in this book!) that they have seen all those years ago. Very humbling.
These Arcadia books really help to bring the past alive - to see how people and places of long ago really looked by using actual very old photographs, not an artists conception as in the colony days many years before the advent of photography.
I have many of these books and will continue to purchase them as long as they're done in this high quality fashion.