Cradle to Grave: Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byLarry Lankton

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Concentrating on technology, economics, labor, and social history, Cradle to Grave documents the full life cycle of one of America's great mineral ranges from the 1840s to the 1960s. Lankton examines the workers' world underground, but is equally concerned with the mining communities on thesurface. 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 startedfacing many challenges, including strong economic competition and a declining profit margin; growing worker dissatisfaction with both living and working conditions; and erosion of the companies' hegemony in a district they once controlled. Lankton traces technological changes within the mines andprovides a thorough investigation of mine accidents and safety. He then focuses on social and labor history, dealing especially with the issue of how company paternalism exerted social control over the work force. A social history of technology, Cradle to Grave will appeal to labor, social andbusiness historians.

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Concentrating on technology, economics, labor, and social history, Cradle to Grave documents the full life cycle of one of America's great mineral ranges from the 1840s to the 1960s. Lankton examines the workers' world underground, but is equally concerned with the mining communities on thesurface. For the first fifty years of developm...

Larry Lankton is at Michigan Technological University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083571

ISBN - 13:9780195083576

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"Cradle to Grave should serve as a model for historians of technology and labor historians as to how both can benefit by combining their interests and thereby deepening their understanding....Lankton writes clearly and with a passion rarely seen in academic writers....Anyone who is interestedin Michigan's history will find this a very hard book to put down." --Michigan Historical Review