I’m Marissa Jacks and I’m a student in Professor Summerhill’s American Civil War class at Michigan State University. Before you start looking at my site, I’d like to give you a little background on my topic and why I chose it. At the beginning of the year we were given a digital research assignment with the ability to research anything relating to the Civil War and to present it however we pleased. It took me awhile to decide on a topic that I would be able to relate to myself in some way or another. After some tough deliberation I decided on a topic that hits close to home.

I come from a small town in the Upper Peninsula that was founded around the iron mining industry. In the early 1900s the town was booming economically with more than a few mines in the area to thank. Thinking back on my town’s history, I began to wonder when and why the mining industry took off. We can assume that the mining industry boom had to start somewhere, and in that assumption the idea for this research project was born.

The purpose of this website and my research is to look at the effects of the Civil War in a different way than others have before me. I wanted to see how the Civil War did or did not affect the iron industry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After researching this topic, I have concluded that the Civil War was an important factor in the growth of the mining industry in the Upper Peninsula, starting near the end of the war in 1865, and continuing through the first few decades of the 20th century. Most of the information on this website is derived from data in the U.S. Census books along with books written by other authors.

I hope that you are able to learn something new from my research that you hadn’t thought of before. Thank you in advance for taking the time to explore my site and learn more about the Civil War and its catalytic influence on iron mining in the Upper Peninsula.

Best regards,
Marissa Jacks