Beyond the Boundaries

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

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Beyond the Boundaries is a companion volume in many ways to Lankton's Cradle to Grave (OUP 1991). Both books deal with copper mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. While Cradle to Grave was concerned with the rise and fall of the copper mining industry - its technology, business practices, and human work experience - Beyond the Boundaries covers a more limited time period, 1840-1875, in the same region, and focuses instead on everyday life. It is essentially a book about men, women, and children, and families - not just their workplace but their homes, stores, churches, schools, hospitals and other aspects of community life as well. It is essentially 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 162.1 x 243.3 x 23.1mm | 646.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 20 pp halftones
  • 0195108043
  • 9780195108040

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a richly-detailed study * Technology and Culture, vol.40 * Lankton writes well, and his writing is based on an impressive amount of careful research. * Technology and Culture, vol.40 * the principal strength of "Beyond the Boundaries" is Lankton's ability to tease out the importance of detail. * Technology and Culture, vol.40 * A social history of a pioneer industrial region, "Beyond the Boundaries" is the perfect complement to his earlier monograph, "Cradle to Grave". * Technology and Culture, vol.40 * few people could write such an engaging book, ... it is a compelling social history of an important mining region in the mid-nineteenth century. * Technology and Culture, vol.40 *show more

About Larry Lankton

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.show more

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Winner of the 1992 Great Lakes History Prize, Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines (OUP 1991) related the history of the copper mining industry along Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. A companion volume to Cradle to Grave, Beyond the Boundaries focuses on the settlement of this region between 1840 and 1875. While Cradle to Grave was concerned with the rise and fall of the industry itself, Beyond the Boundaries examines everyday life on the mining frontier and explores how pioneers transformed a wilderness into a industrial landscape and society. Beyond the Boundaries tells 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. It is essentially a book about men, women, children, and families - not just their workplaces, but their homes, stores, churches, schools, hospitals, and other aspects of community life.show more

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