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Hidden History of Detroit

Amy Elliott Bragg

Publisher: The History Press

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Summary

“Engaging” stories of what the Motor City was like before the invention of the motor, with photos and illustrations (Detroit Metro-Times).   Long before it became the twentieth-century automotive capital, Detroit was a muddy port town full of grog shops, horse races, haphazard cemeteries, and enterprising bootstrappers from all over the world.   In this lively book you’ll discover the city’s forgotten history and meet a variety of unforgettable characters—the argumentative French fugitive who founded the city; the tobacco magnate who haunts his shuttered factory; the gambler prankster millionaire who built a monument to himself; the governor who brought his scholarly library with him on canoe expeditions; and the historians who helped create the story of Detroit as we know it: one of the oldest, rowdiest, and most enigmatic cities in the Midwest.
Available since: 10/20/2011.
Print length: 163 pages.

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