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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.
|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|