All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Detroit

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Wayne State University Press, 1969 - History - 410 pages
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All Our Yesterdays is the first history of the City of Detroit to be published in the last twenty-five years. It is an account based on extensive historical research, yet is written in such a style as to make interesting and enjoyable reading.

The authors tell of the founding of the the town by the French, control by the British, and growth as an American city. These episodes are recounted in the words and deeds of the people who lived and worked here, men like Judge Woodward, Father Gabriel Richard, and Governor Lewis Cass. Here also are accounts of the expansion of the automobile industry, the days of the roaring twenties, prohibition, the great depression, World Wars I and II, and the city of the 1950s and 1960s. This is the story of a great city; a story of past deeds, present problems, and future hopes. But more important, this is a story by and about the people of Detroit, for it is the people that have made this city great.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
In the Shade of the Old FleurdeLys
27
The Lions Tale
49
Yankee Doodle Comes to Town
99
The New Breed
126
School Days 745
145
Their Brothers Keepers
162
Men at Work
189
The Old Home Town
213
The Peoples City
233
A Whiff of Gasoline
254
The Twentieth Century City
270
Social Upheaval
301
War and Ferment
331
Today and Tomorrow
356
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About the author (1969)

Frank B. Woodford, a native of Detroit, was born in 1903 and died in 1967. He graduated from Hillsdale College in 1923 and earned a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1925. In 1931 Frank B. Woodford joined the staff of the Detroit Free Press, which he served in various capacities for over thirty years. He was the author or co-author of numerous books, including Lewis Cass, the Last Jeffersonian (1950), Mr. Jefferson's Disciple, a Life of Justice Woodward (1953), Parnassus on Main Street, a History of the Detroit Public Library (1965), Gabriel Richard, Frontier Ambassador (1958), and Harper of Detroit, the Origin and Growth of a Great Metropolitan Hospital (1964). All Our Yesterdays, his final work, a fitting tribute to Mr. Woodford's appointment as City Historiographer of the City of Detroit, was virtually ready for the press at the time of his death.

Arthur M. Woodford, also a native of Detroit, was born in 1940. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan, from which he received his master of library science degree. Mr. Woodford is Assistant to the Personnel Director of the Detroit Public Library.

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