Pioneers, Reformers & Millionaires - Table of Contents

 

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New book from Elizabeth Homer - History of Lansing, Michigan

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Contents Part I Pioneers 1834-1870 Chapter 1 To Be A Pioneer ................................................................................. 3 Journey to Michigan Territory ............................................................................................... 3 The First Year .......................................................................................................................................... 8 Marian, Long Cabin Teacher ..................................................................................................... 13 Marian and James ................................................................................................................ 16 Chapter 2 Discovering Lansing ........................................................................ 21 The Bank of Rochester .......................................................................................................... 22 John Burchard Settles on the Grand .................................................................................... 27 Mr. Seymour Tips the Scale for Lansing .............................................................................. 32 The Land Commissioners Arrive ......................................................................................... 34 Chapter 3 The Capital “Comes In” .............................................................................. 37 From Forest to Capital in Seven Months .................................................................................. 38 The House on Turner Street ................................................................................................. 40 The Seymour Hotel...................................................................................................................... 43 The Manufactories................................................................................................................ 46 Chapter 4 Lansing at Midcentury..................................................................... 51 Politics ................................................................................................................................... 53 Expanding the Family Circle ................................................................................................ 56 The Plank Road..................................................................................................................... 58 Growing a Capital City in Hard Times .................................................................................... 62 Chapter 5 Education for All ............................................................................. 73 Updating Local Schools......................................................................................................... 73 The Boys Reform School ....................................................................................................... 75 The Female College ............................................................................................................... 79 The Agricultural College....................................................................................................... 83 Chapter 6 From City to Civil War ................................................................................ 89 The House of Kind Hearts .................................................................................................... 91 The Republican Party Forms to Fight Slavery ..................................................................... 94 The North Will Defend You............................................................................................................... 99 The Civil War Years...........................................................................................................................104

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vi Pioneers, Reformers, & Millionaires Chapter 7 The Years After the War .................................................................... 109 Coming Home .................................................................................................................... 109 Railroads and the Telegraph ............................................................................................. 115 A New Constitution is Proposed for Michigan ................................................................ 117 Education After the War ................................................................................................... 121 Chapter 8 Well-Directed Efforts......................................................................... 129 Evading the Railroad Monopolies .................................................................................... 129 Material Wealth................................................................................................................. 132 A Great Loss ....................................................................................................................... 134 The Pioneering Spirit ......................................................................................................... 135 Part II Reformers & Millionaires 1870-1912 Chapter 9 A Meaningful Life .............................................................................. 143 Helping the Poor ................................................................................................................ 144 The Pioneer Society ............................................................................................................ 152 The Year of the Great Fire ................................................................................................. 153 The Women’s Temperance Campaign............................................................................. 160 Chapter 10 Politics and Progress ........................................................................ 167 The First Drops of a Coming Shower ............................................................................... 167 The Presidential Election of 1872 ..................................................................................... 170 The Woman’s Club Movement......................................................................................... 176 Public Process, Private Losses............................................................................................ 180 Making it Difficult to Do Wrong ...................................................................................... 186 Chapter 11 Jim in the Gilded Age ....................................................................... 197 Fighting the Grand Trunk ................................................................................................. 202 A Large-Hearted Thoroughbred ....................................................................................... 208 The Battle Continues ......................................................................................................... 211 The School for the Blind Incident ..................................................................................... 213 Work in the Upper Peninsula ........................................................................................... 217 Chapter 12 Abby and Frank ................................................................................ 219 The Education of Abby ...................................................................................................... 219 Conscience as Hereditary as Intelligence.......................................................................... 222 Frank Defends the Knights ................................................................................................ 226

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The Impeachment of Milo H. Dakin ................................................................................ 233 The Wedding of Abby and Frank ..................................................................................... 239

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Chapter 13 Farmer and Party Reformer ........................................................... 243 The Mayor and the Fair .....................................................................................................244 Politics were Changing .......................................................................................................250 The Worst Republican Primary Ever.................................................................................255 The Election of 1890 ..................................................................................................... 263 Chapter 14 The Not So Gay Nineties................................................................. 271 The Panic of 1893......................................................................................................... 272 On a Still Hunt .......................................................................................................................... 280 After the One Term Campaign ..........................................................................................286 Wets and Dries ............................................................................................................. 292 Chapter 15 The Progressives .............................................................................. 295 Lansing’s First Labor Day ...................................................................................................297 Mayor During Hard Times...................................................................................................... 300 Municipal Suffrage Meets its Waterloo.................................................................................. 304 The Silver Movement..........................................................................................................312 Chapter 16 The Great Contest ........................................................................... 317 Organized Greed in the Saddle ..........................................................................................317 A Real Public Calamity ......................................................................................................325 William Jennings Bryan Visits Lansing .............................................................................328 Frank and the County Supervisors............................................................................... 332 Lessons from Ping ...............................................................................................................335 Chapter 17 Passing from Time .......................................................................... 341 The W. C. T. U. Honors Willard, Invites Smasher ............................................................341 Lansing Enters the Twentieth Century ..............................................................................351 The Suffrage Campaign of 1908 ................................................................................... 358 The Oldest Resident Died Last Night..................................................................................... 362 Discussion Themes ............................................................................................. 365 Bibliography ........................................................................................................ 367 Manuscripts, Papers, Abbreviations ..................................................................................367 Books and Publications ......................................................................................................367

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Endnotes .............................................................................................................. 375 Index .................................................................................................................... 401

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