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The Great Water
A Documentary History of Michigan
Edited by Matthew R Thick
Michigan’s location among the Great Lakes has positioned it at the crossroads of many worlds. Its first hunters arrived ten thousand years ago, its first farmers arrived about six thousand years after that, and three hundred years ago the French expanded into the territory. This book is a small sample of the words of Michigan’s people—a collection of stories, letters, diary entries, news reports, and other documents—that give personal insights into important aspects of Michigan’s history. Designed to provoke thought and discussion about Michigan’s past, the documents in this reader are expressions of past ideas, markers of change, and windows into the lives of the people who lived during well-known events in Michigan history.
Publication Date: January 1st, 2018
298 pages| 7 in x 10 in
MATTHEW R. THICK is a Lecturer for the Department of History at the University of Michigan–Flint and an adjunct history instructor at Delta College and Lansing Community College.

Early Praise

"From reports of the earliest contacts between Native Americans and French explorers to contemporary controversies over immigration and urban affairs, the selections in The Great Water: A Documentary History of Michigan provide fascinating glimpses into the important issues and events of our state’s past. The words of participants, some official and some far more personal, help us better understand the attitudes and intentions of the people who have made Michigan".
Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director and Curator of Maps, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
"This is a fascinating collection that belongs on the shelf of everyone who has even the slightest interest in Michigan and its history—and which will become instantly indispensable for those of us who study or write about this state."
Jack Lessenberry, Senior News Analyst, Michigan Radio
"Covering the period from Michigan’s earliest inhabitants to the twenty-first century, Matthew R. Thick’s documentary reader provides a doorway to the past highlighting moments of tension and triumph. By provoking discussion about critical topics of the past and present, this selection resurrects past voices making Michigan’s history come alive."
Amy French, History Professor, Delta College

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