Michigan History
Before Statehood
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Michigan in the Twentieth Century

From 1850-1900, Michigan led the nation in lumber harvesting. In the 1880's michigan produced 25% of the nation's lumber alone. Today, logging remains a viable industry, although reforestation efforts continue to take place.

By 1900, 25% of the working population in michigan held an industrial related job and Detroit was the Michigan manufacturing center. By the 1890's Michigan's stove industry was one of the top in the world. By the 1890's, Michigan also lead the way, in America, in the creation of railroad cars.

In 1894 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the first form of breakfast cereal was created. The production and sale of the new food product showed an enormous profit for Michiganian settlers.

In 1936, the Flint Sit-Down strike was an effective strike that brought about the bargaining of workers rights against the biggest corporation in the world.

During World War 2, Detroit and Michigan in general contributed greatly to the manufacture of war products, and were a major factor in the American based counterattack. After the war, Michigan was another great prouducer of residential cars.

In 1957, the Mackinaw bridge was constructed, connecting the Michigan upper and lower peninsulas.

In 1963, Detroit's Freedom March was attended by 125,000 supporters. Martin Luther King junior orated at Cobo Hall his 'I have a Dream' speech, parts of which were reused at the end of the Million Man March in Washington D.C..

In 1965 Michigan was the first industrial state to institute a deposit on the state's cans and bottles.

Jennifer Grandholm became the first Michigan woman governor in 2002.