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Copper Country Journal

The Diary of Schoolmaster Henry Hobart, 1863-1864

Henry Hobart and Philip P. Masonintroduction and edited by Philip P. Mason

By WSU Faculty, American History, Education, Upper Peninsula

Published: April 1991
ISBN: 9780814323427
Pages: 352 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 36 b&w illus.

Copper Country Journal brings to life a culture and community long since passed from the American landscape. It includes a wealth of information, both within the introduction and throughout the diary, about the copper industry from 1845-1865. Hobart centered his narrative on Cliff Mine, one of the leading producers of copper in the world and the primary employer in the town of Clifton. He provides firsthand accounts of the unsafe conditions in the mines, the workers and their families, and the impact of the mine on the employees and the community.

Philip P. Mason is Distinguished Professor of History at Wayne State University, where his also director of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. A Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he has written extensively on Michigan history and labor history.