Saturday, September 12, 2009

More proof the U.P. is different

Having been born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I've gotten used to people asking "is that part of Canada?" However, I did not expect fellow historians and scholars to assume it actually had successfully seceded from the downer peninsula. I was wrong.

Earlier this week the American Society for Environmental History notified me a paper I proposed for presentation at the 2010 annual meeting has been accepted. The topic of the paper? A civil engineer's response to an 1893 typhoid epidemic in Ironwood, Michigan. The theme of the panel I've been placed in? International perspectives on water pollution and health. The other three papers focus on events during the colonial period in third world nations.

Then again, considering what conditions were like in Ironwood in the 1890s, maybe it's an accurate placement.


  1. Well, I sure don't know much about that. About all I know is that things and history is always changing and that America in the past wrote a lot of its history to please its needs.

    Read our history from another countries point of view as they saw it and it's much different.

    So are you an American historian or a world historian?

  2. Cuz if you are just an American historian I feel for you.

  3. Cuz, you know, a lot of American history is nothing more than brainwashing.

  4. It's been said that "History is the lies the winners tell about the losers."

    And I was born in the USA so I guess that makes me an American historian. Sarcasm aside, my area of specialty is environmental history and history of engineering, particularly late 19th, early 20th century engineering and dam design.


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