The 1943 Detroit race riots

A flaming car sets fire to a streetcar station on Woodward in the early hours of the riot. The mob can be seen behind the streetcars. Even as  World War II was transforming Detroit into the Arsenal of Democracy,  cultural and social upheavals brought about by the need for workers to man the bustling factories … Continue Reading →

The Battle of the Overpass

Harry Bennett’s Ford “service” men beat UAW offical Richard Frankensteen in the Battle of the Overpass on May 26, 1937. The labor  movement  was gaining momentum in the mid thirties, but had had little in the way of  success in the industrial heart of the country, Detroit.  Three brothers were instrumental in turning this around:  … Continue Reading →

The great escape at Ironwood

Upper Peninsula miners line up for a group photo outside the Caspian Mine during World War I. Michigan iron was a key war resource. In September 1926, a mine shaft at Ironwood, in the Upper Peninsula, collapsed and imprisoned 46 men. Forty-three survived more than five days underground in what still is considered one for … Continue Reading →

When the flu ravaged the world

Troops parade down Woodward in 1918 wearing gauze masks in an attempt to protect themselves from the flu virus. By the spring of 1918 the terrible plague of war had enveloped the world, decimating a generation. But that same year an even more deadly plague swept across oceans, nearly eclipsing the monstrous toll inflicted on … Continue Reading →