Martin J. Hershock

Martin Hershock is an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He is the author of The Paradox of Progress: Economic Change, Individual Enterprise, and Political Culture in Michigan, 1837–1878 (Ohio, 2003).

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Selected as a 2007 Michigan Notable Book
Winner of Michigan’s State History Award

The History of Michigan Law offers the first serious survey of Michigan's rich legal past. Michigan legislators have played a leading role in developing modern civil rights law, protecting the environment, and assuring the right to counsel for those accused of crimes. Michigan was the first jurisdiction in the English-speaking world to abolish the death penalty.

"From property rights to civil rights, prohibition to abortion, Michigan has been at the center of some of the nation’s greatest legal controversies. With this marvelous collection, editors Paul Finkelman and Martin Hershock shed new light on the state’s complex, contentious legal history. Impeccably researched and engagingly written, the twelve essays collected here represent scholarship at its very best."

Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age




Winner of the 2004 Award of Merit from the Historical Society of Michigan

The Paradox of Progress · Economic Change, Individual Enterprise, and Political Culture in Michigan, 1837–1878
By Martin J. Hershock

Americans have long recognized the central importance of the nineteenth-century Republican party in preserving the Union, ending slavery, and opening the way for industrial capitalism.

"It can be compared to the best of the studies of state politics in this era done in the last quarter century… [and] is certainly one of the most important works written on nineteenth-century Michigan."

Lawrence Frederick Kohl, author of "The Politics of Individualism: Parties and the American Character in the Jacksonian Era"