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Michigan Notable Books author speaks at Cooley Law School

On May 16, Jack Dempsey, author of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, visited Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus to talk about his latest book as part of the 2012 Michigan Notable Books Program. The book offers a glimpse into Michigan’s role in the preservation of the Union. Dempsey explained that Michigan has a history of being pro-freedom and anti-slavery and talked about the great sacrifice Michigan made with its 90,000 men (and some women dressed as men) who served in the Civil War. Nearly 15,000 Michigan soldiers died.  He said that no other state suffered proportionately more losses.

All of the author’s proceeds will go to fund a celebration of the sesquicentennial (150-year) anniversary of the Civil War from 1861-1865 in 2015. Dempsey is vice president of the Michigan Historical Commission, Chair of the Michigan History Foundation, and Chair of the Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is a member of the Ann Arbor Civil War Roundtable and the Civil War Trust.

Each year, the Michigan Notable Books list features 20 books published during the previous calendar year that are about, or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a native or resident of Michigan.