As Brian C. Wilson describes them in this highly readable and entertaining book, Yankeesdefined by their shared culture and sense of identityhad a number of distinctive traits and sought to impose their ideas across the state of Michigan.
After the ethnic label of "Yankee" fell out of use, the offspring of Yankees appropriated the term "Midwesterner." So fused did the identities of Yankee and Midwesterner become that understanding the larger story of America's Midwestern regional identity begins with the Yankees in Michigan.
About the Author
Brian C. Wilson is Chair and professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Christianity.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Yankees in New England and Beyond 7 Yankees Come to Michigan 23 Yankees on the Michigan Frontier 41 The Flowering of Yankee Michigan 55 The Industrialization of Yankee Michigan 75 The Decline of Yankee Michigan 89 Sidebars John Ball, Yankee Speculator 27 Yankees in French Detroit, from Walter March, Shoepac Recollections, 1856 37 The Pilgrim Oak of Michigan, from William Nowlin, The Bark Covered House, 1876 43 Excerpts from "Over the Hill to the Poor-House," in Will Carleton, Farm Ballads, 1873 50 The Congregationalist Revolt in Michigan 62
"Little Yankees" versus the Railroads 81 Appendices Appendix 1 Three Favorite Yankee Recipes 97 Appendix 2 Museums, Libraries, and Archives 101 Notes 103 For Further Reference 119 Index 129