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Strangers and Sojourners

A History of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Arthur W. Thurner

History, Michigan, Upper Peninsula

Published: August 1994
ISBN: 9780814323960
Pages: 408 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 32 b&w illus.

The definitive history of Michigan's Copper Country

— Louise C. Wade

Arthur Thurner tells of the enormous struggle of the diverse immigrants who built and sustained energetic towns and communities, creating a lively civilization in what was essentially a forest wilderness. Their story is one of incredible economic success and grim tragedy in which mine workers daily risked their lives. By highlighting the roles women, African Americans, and Native Americans played in the growth of the Keweenaw community, Thurner details a neglected and ignored past.

The history of Keweenaw Peninsula for the past one hundred and fifty years reflects contemporary American culture—a multicultural, pluralistic, democratic welfare state still undergoing evolution.
Strangers and Sojourners, with its integration of social and economic history, for the first time tells the complete story of the people from the Keweenaw Peninsula's Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties.

Arthur W. Turner is Professor Emeritus at DePaul University, Chicago. He is the author of Calumet Copper and People and Rebels on the Range: The Michigan Copper Miner’s Strike of 1913-1914. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

The definitive history of Michigan's Copper Country. Thurner analyzes community building, first by Native Americans and then by a surprising array of European immigrants. He explains the rise and eventual decline of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula, as well as the shifting relationship between mine managers and workers. A major contribution to American social and labor history.

– Louise C. Wade, Louise C. Wade