Cradle to Grave by Larry Lankton
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Cradle to Grave
By Larry Lankton

Cradle to Grave

Life, Work, and Death at the Lake Superior Copper Mines

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Cradle to Grave by Larry Lankton

Book Awards

  • Winner of Great Lakes History Prize 1992.

Book Description

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 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 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 and provides 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 and business historians.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195083576
ISBN-10: 0195083571
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Feb-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Larry Lankton

Larry Lankton is the Associate Professor of History at Michigan Technological University.

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