Arthur M. Woodford, a native Detroiter, is director of the St. Clair Shores Public Library. He is coauthor, with his father, Frank B. Woodford, of All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 1969), and the author of Detroit and Its Banks (Wayne State University Press, 1974), Detroit: American Urban Renaissance (Continental Heritage Press, 1979), and Charting the Inland Seas: A History of the U.S. Lake Survey (Wayne State University Press, 1994).
This is Detroit, 1701-2001: An Illustrated Historyby Arthur M. Woodford, A. Woodford
Arthur M. Woodford takes readers back to the days of Cadillac's settlement and leads them through Detroit's transition from French village to British fort to American town. As the city's history unfolds, he describes the issues facing its inhabitants in different eras, including westward expansion, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and two world wars. Woodford brings his history up to the present day by surveying Detroit's new cultural landscape, focusing on its current renaissance. Written in a brisk, engaging style and filled with historic illustrations and photographs, Woodford's work is an enjoyable and authoritative overview that captures the wide scope and great variety of a proud and multifaceted city. Published under the auspices of Detroit 300, this handsome volume is a highlight of the city's tricentennial celebration, presenting Detroit's best face to the world—and to the future.
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