Beyond the Boundaries: Life and Landscape at the Lake Superior Copper Mines, 1840-1875 / Edition 1

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Overview

Spanning the years 1840-1875, Beyond the Boundaries focuses on the settlement of Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, telling the story of reluctant pioneers who attempted to establish a decent measure of comfort, control, and security in what was in many ways a hostile environment. Moving beyond the technological history of the period found in his previous book Cradle to the Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines (OUP 1991), Lankton here focuses on the people of this region and how the copper mining affected their daily lives.

A truly first-rate social history, Beyond the Boundaries will appeal to historians of the frontier and of Michigan and the Great Lakes region, as well as historians of technology, labor, and everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195132434
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Lankton is Professor of History at Michigan Technological University. His previous publications include Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines (OUP 1991), winner of the 1992 Great Lakes History Prize.

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Table of Contents

1 Water, Woods, and Winter: A Special Sense of Place 3
2 Heaving Up Jonah: The Travail of Travel 23
3 Setting In: Camps, Communities, Houses, and Hotels 48
4 A Lapful of Apples: Foodways in the Far North 67
5 Keeping House: All the Work of the Family 89
6 Tasks at Hand: Making a Living: Men and Women, Boys and Girls 106
7 Saints and Scholars: Village Churches and Schools 130
8 The Sins of the Body: Maladies, Medicines, and Frontier Physicians 145
9 Ice Carnivals, Camels, and Sunday Trombones: Pioneer Pastimes 164
10 Shattered Hopes and Broken Prospects: Lunatics, Larcenists, and Lives of Woe 182
11 Transformations: A Long-Lived Frontier 204
Notes 213
Bibliography 233
Index 241
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