Detroit: A Motor City History
Author David Lee Poremba
Detroit: A Motor City History documents the major events that shaped this once-small French fur-trading outpost across three centuries of conflict and prosperity. Through informative text and a variety of imagery, readers experience firsthand the struggle of the nascent village against raiding Indian tribes and the incessant political and military tug of war between the colonial French and English, and then American interests. Like many other major cities across the United States, Detroit played a pivotal role in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, serving as a center for its well-known civilian and military mass-production resources. This visual history provides in sight into Detroit’s rapid evolution from a hamlet into a metropolis against a backdrop of important community and national affairs: the decimation fire of 1805, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and both world wars.