Wicked Hamtramck: Lust, Liquor and Lead

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Hamtramck's population bulged to 56,000 from a mere 3,500 in the early twentieth century, a sixteen-fold increase that created the perfect environment for crime and corruption to flourish. Post-Prohibition, bars sprang up in quick order, until there were at least two hundred within this wide-open town's 2.1 square miles, giving it more bars per capita than any other city in America; even the Dodge brothers served barrels of beer to their workers. Follow local historian Greg Kowalski through the underbelly of Hamtramck, from the "painted women openly flaunting their tainted charms from undraped windows" to the nefarious plots crafted behind the walls of the International Workers Home on Yemens Street. Welcome to the height of Hamtramck's infamy, where anything could happen--for a price.
ISBN: 9781596298965
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Michigan
Series: Wicked
Images: 59
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Greg Kowalski has written five books on Hamtramck. He's the editor of the Birmingham Eccentric newspaper. He's also the chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission and is a member of both the Michigan Historical Society and the Algonquin Club, an organization of local historians from the southeast Michigan-Windsor, Ontario region. Through the historical commission, Kowalski also leads weekly tours of Hamtramck.
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