Beyond the Boundaries

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.9 x 232.7 x 16.3mm | 437.93g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195132432
  • 9780195132434

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"Larry Lankton's Beyond the Boundaries invites comparison with the best studies of 'everyday life' in similar settings, and with classics such as Rockdale and Amoskeag. It is an impressively researched and gracefully narrated companion-piece to his Cradle to Grave volume."-Robert C. Post, Past President of the Society for the History of Technology "In this, his third book on the region, Larry Lankton examines the simultaneous development of Keweenaw mining and the attendant cultural and social institutions of the people who worked and lived there. What he describes is a world far removed from either civilization or the frontier....Lankton discusses a number of fascinating issues....By relying on primary sources and by covering a breadth of topics, the author demonstrates extensive knowledge of the history of
the region, and uncovers a number interesting avenues of research for the Keweenaw district."-Journal of Economic History "Conducting two decades of research, assisted by student projects, [Lankton] has delved extensively into diaries, company personnel files, and local government records to profile the human aspects of this mining region....The large amount of new historical material is arranged by category and well indexed. This is no ordinary anecdotal history....As an academic work it is refreshingly unquantitative: the reader is not inundated....This broad-minded treatment of a
major, now-dormant mining region should interest practicing economic geologists."-Economic Geology "With clarity, precision, and sound scholarship, Lankton examines everyday life on the Keweenaw frontier from 1840-1875, the years of growing pains for the infant copper industry...Lankton describes with vivid detail the tedious day of a hard rock miner...Beyond the Boundaries is local history at its best. Lankton has provided a scholarly look at early life on the copper range in Michigan amid the transformation of a wilderness. The net of topics is widely
thrown, but Lankton articulates everyday life based on the facts and with eloquent interpretation...Beyond the Boundaries belongs on the shelf of every library in Michigan next to its copy of Cradle to Grave."-Michigan Historical Review "To tell his story, the author has mined diaries, manuscripts, newspapers, and company records, as well as a wealth of other primary and secondary literature. What emerges is a richly textured story that Lankton recounts with authority and gusto. It is a book that will interest local historians and those whose focus is social or western history."-Labor History "The social history of the mining frontier should be written and researched as well as Larry Lankton's Beyond the Boundaries....The book is a treat to read and a worthy contribution to helping us understand frontier mining societies."-Mining History News
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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.
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