Ann Arbor is a city in the state of Michigan, United States, founded in 1826 by John Allen and Elisha W. Rumsey. It is known as the county seat of Washentaw county, and is located west of Detroit, on the Huron River.
Currently, the population of Ann Arbor is roughly 120,000 people. The county is home to the University of Michigan (previously located in Detroit until 1837). In 1839, Ann Arbor acquired the Michigan Central Railroad, and by 1851, the county was officially known as a city with a population of over 5,000 people. The city's population grew by over 60% during the 1940s due to production of aircraft required for WWII.
In the 1960s, the city became a hub for liberal politics due to activism from University of Michigan students, holding protests for Civil Rights and protesting against the Vietnam War.
The 1960s was a decade full of change and much of it was due to Ann Arbors students of the University of Michigan. John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both gave speeches here, and students staged protests and walkouts of class to exemplify their discontent with war and to push for further progressive social movements.
The national Students for a Democratic Society was founded in Ann Arbor, and by the 1970s, the values held here had an effect on municipal politics.