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

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Oxford University Press, Jun 26, 1997 - History - 288 pages
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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Contents

WATER WOODS AND WINTER A Special Sense of Place
3
HEAVING UP JONAH The Travail of Travel
23
SETTLING IN Camps Communities Houses and Hotels
48
A LAPFUL OF APPLES Foodways in the Far North
67
KEEPING HOUSE All the Work of the Family
89
TASKS AT HAND Making a Living Men and Women Boys and Girls
106
SAINTS AND SCHOLARS Village Churches and Schools
130
THE SINS OF THE BODY Maladies Medicines and Frontier Physicians
145
ICE CARNIVALS CAMELS AND SUNDAY TROMBONES Pioneer Pastimes
164
SHATTERED HOPES AND BROKEN PROSPECTS Lunatics Larcenists and Lives of Woe
182
TRANSFORMATIONS A LongLived Frontier
204
NOTES
213
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233
INDEX
241
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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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