Blog Topic #2 for HIS 237


Topic: This week the class is looking at the early to mid 19th century, especially they will be focusing on those people settling Michigan after it became a state. Given your primary source readings from The Great Water (especially chapter five), discuss life in Michigan for early settlers. What appealed to them about Michigan? What hardships did they experience? What prejudices may early settlers have had and how did that affect our society as a whole? Make an argument about how the dynamic of early settlers shaped Michigan’s history and culture.

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