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Michael NewberryHistory 396 sect 002Francis Blouin6 October 2006Prospectus Roy Dikeman Chapin served as a key figure for the state of Michigan during the Industrialization Era.A native of Michigan, Roy Chapin distinguished himself in several capacities including founder of the Hudson Motor Car Company in 1908, a key figure in the construction of the Lincoln Highway, and the Secretary of Commerce during the Hoover administration.Roy Dikeman Chapin and the Hudson Motor Car Company is an excellent example of Progressivism during the Era of Industrialization in Michigan.The automotive industry is among the leading factors for Michigan’s change from a rural setting to an urban setting.Without contributions towards modernization from individuals such as Roy Chapin, the already delayed urbanization of Michigan may have taken even longer.Roy Chapin’s economic success in the construction of the Lincoln Highway and the Hudson Motor Car Company serve as perfect examples are manifestations of the title of this history class -“Michigan in the Era of Industrialization.”Several primary sources found in the Bentley Historical Library will display Roy Chapin’s progressive contributions to the state of Michigan.Also, Roy Chapin’s story of the Hudson Motor Car Company will undoubtedly be filled with tensions experienced during this era, several of which may be found on our List of Tensions.The material that will be selected for use as primary sources is found in several major forms at the Bentley Historical Library.The large collection of primary sources are chiefly letters of correspondence to and from Roy Dikeman Chapin or other representatives of the Hudson Motor Car Company regarding a product, idea, or political issue.Roy Chapin spent a great deal of effort in spearheading the construction of the Lincoln Highway, which he viewed as a major economic advantage for the automotive industry.Much of his correspondence throughout the 1910s and 1920s dealt with his role in the construction of this highway.These specific primary resources will be valuable because they are manifestations of Roy Chapin’s economic progressive ideas.Also, the local development of the automobile industry and its implications for the nation as a whole parallels much of the subject matter for History 396.Roy Chapin’s opinions of modernization/industrialization would evidence themselves in his correspondence regarding the Lincoln Highway and would serve to strengthen a second primary source regarding highway transportation; Roy Chapin authored The Economics of Highway Transport.These two primary sources together create a powerful undertone.

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