Michigan in the 60’s

Michigan in the 1960’s often gets referred to as a firecracker. This is due to educational, economic, and constitutional advances. The population increased by 13 percent, new car purchases reached record levels, and schooling was booming. Michigan was exploding with new population and with that brought the need to expand and improve in all areas. First of all, the importance of the 1960’s has a … Continue reading Michigan in the 60’s

Raid Ricochet

Rioting started in 1967 because of the treatment towards blacks which included just grabbing them off the streets if there was any amount of suspicion that they were doing something wrong and without any provocation. Routine raids on blind pigs was the last straw because blacks were the only ones taken from the establishments and shuttled to the stations. One individual commented that, “That’s why … Continue reading Raid Ricochet

The 12th Street Riot

Racial tensions and arguments have long plagued America. And while it may seem appropriate to say that the worst of the racism is behind us, we can also say that it is still not completely over. The Civil Rights Movement was led by African Americans as well as several white abolitionists, in an attempt to quash the inequality that many African Americans faced in the … Continue reading The 12th Street Riot

Civil Unrest

The 1960’s started Detroit Michigan out with a promise for a better future.  In the early part of the decade Mayor Cavanagh “pledged to make his city a model of harmonious race relations and to eradicate hunger, substandard housing, and high levels of minority unemployment” (Rubenstein 282).  Even with the efforts he made, it was not enough.  The slums were commonplace in Detroit, and the … Continue reading Civil Unrest

Blog Topic #8 for HIS 237

Topic: Although we often think of the civil rights movement and racial problems as a southern issue, as you read and watched–both civil rights agitation and racism existed in Michigan. Riots broke out all over the nation in the summer of 1967, but especially impacted Detroit. Why did the riots occur? What were race relations like in Michigan during the 1960s? Continue reading Blog Topic #8 for HIS 237

Flint Sit-Down Strike Advocates for Working Class

In the 1930’s, unemployment was on the rise, and so was poverty. Those who obtained jobs often had horrible working conditions. Especially those working in automotive factories. The poor working conditions, along with the horrible wages led to the Flint Sit-Down Strike in 1936. The Flint Sit-Down Strike was a pivotal turning point in America’s history that resulted in recognition of the United Automotive Workers. … Continue reading Flint Sit-Down Strike Advocates for Working Class

Flint Sit-Down Strike

Can you imagine a strike where the workers sit down instead of standing at a picket line? Most people can’t. Their used to seeing the usual picket line, with people walking and holding signs. But which way of striking do you think would hold the most power? I’m sure this is a question that with different people, would be an array of answers. December 30th, … Continue reading Flint Sit-Down Strike

Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936

The “sit-down” was a new device, first used in 1936 by rubber workers in Akron, Ohio, to force management to bargain collectively. In Michigan, automotive workers found this technique fitted their purposes for several reasons. (Rubenstein & Ziewacz, page241) The first reason was because they were unskilled and they thought a regular strike would be useless and wouldn’t prove what they were trying to get … Continue reading Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936

Flint Sit-Down Strike

On December 30, 1936 one of the first sit-down strikes in the United States comes alive. Flint Michigan the leading auto mobile maker in the nation auto workers go on strike at General Motors Fisher Body Plant. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the United Auto Workers aka UAW.  Auto workers wanted a fair minimum wage, a grievance system and a set of … Continue reading Flint Sit-Down Strike

The Power of the Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

Picture this, you work extremely hard for 14 hours a day, 6 days a week and you’re paid a small amount for your work, maybe nothing except for store credit.  You want shorter hours and better wages, so you and your coworkers try to fight for better working conditions. However, this is not a successful task and you are fought against by your employers. They … Continue reading The Power of the Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

In 1885, workers and Knights of Labor fought for a decade trying to mandate a 10-hour maximum work day and overtime pay for hours over that.  Lumber workers were working 14 hours a day, 6 days a week for minimum wage, and being treated like slaves.  They couldn’t decide how long they worked, how much they were paid, and were responsible for themselves if they … Continue reading 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

The 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

The Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike took place on July 6th, 1885; but tensions had been rising well before this date. The Saginaw Valley Lumber strike occurred when many workingmen heard, “…the Legislature had recently passed a law making 10 hours a legal day’s work” (Grimm 102). This law was set to be implemented on September 19th, 1885; however the men were under the assumption that … Continue reading The 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike

Blog Topic #6 for HIS 237

Using my video, the annotated article (notice that I made some remarks where I disagree with the author), and the text, discuss the 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike. The Ten Hour Law (1885), which working men (united under the Knights of Labor) fought for, was not effective enough to protect Michigan’s working men. Although a plethora of strikes were waged in numerous industries over long … Continue reading Blog Topic #6 for HIS 237

Pingree: The Social Reformer

When Pingree was in charge, as both mayor and governor, he focused on making things better for everyone, not just a certain group. He wanted to make changes for the better of the people. During his time as governor, he fought for equalized taxation, the improvement of labor standards, and he wanted to put an end to corrupt businesses. He also tried to improve the … Continue reading Pingree: The Social Reformer

The Idol of the People

Hazen Stuart Pingree was born in 1840 to a poor family, had worked on a farm, had little education, and had gotten a job in a factory when he was younger.  But from these beginnings, he became a successful businessman.  During the 1880’s Pingree’s shoe company had brought in nearly a million dollars to become the second largest shoe manufacturer in the U.S.  It was … Continue reading The Idol of the People

Blog Topic #5 for HIS 237

Topic: Thinking about Hazen Pingree during his time as mayor of Detroit and governor of Michigan, answer the following questions: What actions did Pingree take that made him a social reformer? You may want to think about how this compares or contrasts to current politicians. In a republic such as ours, whose job do you think it is to reform society when it is not … Continue reading Blog Topic #5 for HIS 237

Michigan’s Education

Michigan was considered a leader in educational development and has been advancing since its beginning. “During British rule, public schools were established for children of soldiers and families living at, or near, military outposts, while private schools were opened for the offspring of officers and wealthy merchants,” (Rubenstein and Ziewacz). The Puritan belief helped to shape Michigan’s education system, because it saw education as godly … Continue reading Michigan’s Education

Education made Mandatory in Michigan

This weeks section in Michigan: A History was very interesting to me. I come from a long line of public educators, and plan to become one myself. Reading chapter eleven from our textbooks gave me an insight on just how important education was to our forefathers, and the role it played in our constitution. Not only was it intended to shape the nation that we’ve become … Continue reading Education made Mandatory in Michigan

A moral society can only result from an educated society

“An education was godly, ignorance the tool of the devil, and a moral society could only result from an educated citizenry” (Rubenstein 157). This quote was the bases of forming the importance of education in the wonderful state of Michigan. While many people came to Michigan from other states, education was always at the forefront of their mind for things they wanted to have. The … Continue reading A moral society can only result from an educated society

Early Education in the Wolverine State

Nothing in this world seems as important as education. In a world where not everyone is willing to learn, it is imperative that we have some sort of educational system in place so we may be able to teach our young ones the basics in all courses and walks of life. Michigan was no exception from trying to give children an education. However, as with … Continue reading Early Education in the Wolverine State

Blog Topic #4 for HIS 237

Topic: Although from the outset of statehood we stressed the importance of education, it took our state a long time to take steps toward making a structured education system with trained teachers. Once we did create an educational structure, we were considered by many states to be forward-thinking leaders in education. Using the text and the primary sources in Michigan Voices on pages 70-72, share with each other … Continue reading Blog Topic #4 for HIS 237

Michigan And The Abolitionist Movement

Abolition is defined as the legal prohibition and ending of slavery of blacks in the United States. And with the passage of the northwest ordinance when Michigan became a state in 1837, a prohibition against slavery was put into the states constitution. Compared to abolitionists in the east, Michigan seemed to take on a much more active approach. The activism in Michigan brought on two … Continue reading Michigan And The Abolitionist Movement

Abolishment Movement: The End to Slavery

As we know early settlers came over to Michigan and realized there was nothing; literally nothing. Michigan was unexplored and unexploited. The territory seemed remote and inaccessible. (Rubenstein & Ziewacz, page70) The early settlers had to create everything themselves when they came here. The people of Michigan first helped African Americans through the Underground Railroad. The African Americans on the Underground Railroad were traveling from … Continue reading Abolishment Movement: The End to Slavery