Detroiters know their history well. Founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the city subsisted on a variety of industries: fur trading, stove building, and, of course, the automobile. Names such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh resonate in Detroiters’ common memory. Detroit’s meteoric rise during the 20th century established the city as an influential leader in commerce, culture, and religion. This growth spawned the development of numerous businesses, organizations, and institutions, many now forgotten. Albert Kahn left his indelible mark. Mary Chase Stratton created a new art form. And Henry Ford II changed the course of his family legacy. Forgotten Detroit delves into the wellspring of history to retell some of these lesser-known stories within Detroit’s rich heritage.
About the Author
Paul Vachon is a freelance writer and an avid local historian. He has, at various times, worked, studied, and worshipped in Detroit and has an excellent sense of the pulse of urban life. A lifelong Detroit area resident, he currently lives in suburban Oakland County. In 1995, the Detroit News donated its photographic archive to the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. This outstanding collection is the major source of this book’s images.
Table of Contents
1 Coming of Age: 1860-1899 9
2 Building Anew: 1900-1919 23
3 Dreams and Despair: 1920-1939 35
4 Toil and Grit: 1940-1959 67
5 Hope and Tragedy: 1960-1980 91
6 Revival: 1981-2009 121