Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Detroit has rich and riveting history of how French settlers came to the city, to becoming a catalyst for the auto industry, to so much more.

These stories are fodder for two award winning authors and their new books: R.J. King, author of “Detroit: Engine of America,” and Paul Vachon, author of  “Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline” who each sit down with  CBS 62 MICHIGAN MATTERS Senior Producer/Host  Carol Cain to discuss their latest literary effort.

R.J. King, Author, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

King, editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily NewsDBusiness Tech and Mobility News, and Detroit 500, talks  with  Cain   how the city grew from a French fort on the Detroit River in 1701 to become the world’s first industrial powerhouse and the birthplace of the automotive industry in 1900.

R.J. King, Author, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

He highlights Detroit’s role in other major milestones such as the establishment of Michigan as a state in 1837, and the expansion of industry fueled by the production of iron, steel, copper, and brass machinery, and the breakneck progression of farms, hearths, stoves, mills, foundries, steamships, railroads, and finally, the horseless carriage.

Paul Vachon, Author, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

Then Vachon talks with Cain about his book which details end of  Detroit  Streetcar service, to the drama which led to the Detroit  Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup in 1936 and becoming “Championship City,” to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to Detroit in 1963 where he led the Walk to Freedom  down Woodward Avenue and then delivered an early version of his  iconic “I have a Dream” speech.

Paul Vachon, Author, with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CBS 62)

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