A region of hope, a region of despair: Print media, geographical imagination, and the gogebic iron range mining boom

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Abstract

The mid-1880s is the era where Gogebic mining boom was recognized and became well known. The Gogebic Range was widely perceived as a place of prosperity and hope as mines opened and stock prices soared. However, there was an overspeculation resulting to decreased confidence from the investors. Then, newspapers instill harsh images of the Gogebic Range which gave the Gogebic the impression of a troubled region of corruption and empty promises. This only shows that these media sources also have the ability to give negative connotations to places. It played an integral role in creating a paradox of hope and despair and this power can have severe consequences for the place being portrayed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-207
Number of pages26
JournalHistorical Geography
Volume36
StatePublished - 2008

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