Mark really outdid himself last Saturday when he brought on local historian/treasure Matt Siegfried. Matt has what seems to be an encyclopedic knowledge of local and Michigan history, with a focus on Native American and African-American perspectives. Here is Matt's website about Ypsi's historic African-American neighborhood. Here is Matt's blog post from yesterday about the history of the town's name (shout out to Ypsitucky). Here is a posting for his talk on the city's Native American roots at the Michigan Avenue library on February 26. Here and here and here are some times Mark interviewed him for his blog. Please enjoy these book recommendations he gave us on the air and over Facebook afterward:
- Rites of Conquest: The History and Culture of Michigan's Native Americans by Charles E. Cleland
- Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin
- Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate by Neil Baldwin
- The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford by Beth Tompkins Bates
- Unconquered Souls: The History of the African American in Ypsilanti by Albert P. Marshall
You can listen to the whole second episode here.