Celebrating University Press Week: November 9-16

by Phillip Witteveen on November 10, 2014

The publishing community celebrates University Press Week November 9-16, 2014. University presses provide access to ideas, playing a unique role in fostering scholarship. Each university press has a diverse list of titles, shaped by their history, directors, acquisitions editors, location, and parent institutions. With titles ranging from maritime studies to folklore and field guides, the unique history and culture of the Mitten State and its Great Lakes are traced in print via the publishing activity of our three university presses.

From Michigan State University Press:
Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow provides a fresh look at an important moment in the history of Michigan and Canada. Brian Leigh Dunnigan (Associate Director, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan) notes that author Keith Widder “has breathed fresh life into one of the best-known tales of Michigan history—the surprise capture of Fort Michilimackinac by Ojibwa using the ruse of an innocent game of lacrosse. …Well written and solidly based on exhaustive research, Widder’s book explains for the first time why the 1763 uprising occurred, how it might have been prevented, and how the British learned from it.”

From University of Michigan Press:
From the shifting earth of the North American Ice Age to the ebb of modern culture peopling its peninsulas, Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People by Roger L. Rosentreter, limns the lines of history that culminate in our present moment in the Great Lakes State. The fur trade, missions in the new world, industry, racial discord, Motown, the modern northeast corner of the Midwest and the Big Ten conference — all constituents of the same chronology. For those interested in Michigan’s place in time, Rosentreter’s history is a concise and conversational read.

From Wayne State University Press:
Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II by Charles K. Hyde tells the story of the innovative, cooperative relationships that set Detroit’s automotive industry up to achieve production miracles. Arsenal of Democracy includes an analysis of wartime production nationally, at the automotive industry level, by individual automakers, and by individual facilities. Hyde also considers the important role played by previously underused workers–namely African Americans and women–in the war efforts and their experiences on the line. For this thorough history, Hyde has consulted previously overlooked records now housed in the National Automotive History Collection of the Detroit Public Library.

Michigan is unique in its history, beauty, and culture, and our state’s three university presses allow us to share that heritage with the wider world. Pick up a book to find out more about Michigan and celebrate the richness of university press writing.

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