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Cradle to Grave – Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

Larry Lankton


Concentrating on technology, economics, labor, and social history, this book documents the full life cycle of one of America's great mineral ranges from the 1840s to the 1960s. The book examines the workers' world underground, but is equally concerned with the mining communities on the surface. For the first fifty years of development, these mining communities remained remarkably harmonious, even while new, large companies obliterated traditional forms of organization and work within the industry. By 1890, however, the Lake Superior copper industry of upper Michigan started facing many challen ... More

Keywords: mineral ranges, mining communities, economic competition, profit margin, worker dissatisfaction, hegemony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780195083576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Lankton, author
Michigan Technological University