Waiting for the Morning Train

Monday, August 1, 2016
Bruce Catton
Waiting for the Morning Train

An American Boyhood

 

Anyone interested in Michigan history, or Americana for that matter, should check out this memoir by Civil War historian Bruce Catton. He writes about his boyhood in Benzonia, Michigan, in the early twentieth century. Unlike other northern Michigan towns, Benzonia was not a lumbering town. It was a Christian community that supported a preparatory academy for young people, which Catton attended and was headed by his father. I really enjoyed Catton’s stories about the academy: his playing in a band, a near tragedy ice surfing on Crystal Lake, and the long train and boat trips to visit relatives. Throughout, he weaves in Michigan and world history and observes the effects of technology on both. I think a lot of readers, like me, can relate to Catton’s boyhood and his philosophical take on change.

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Doris M., Reference

 

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