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.
“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