SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Book Talk & Faculty Panel

Here is a recording of our September 23, 2021 event.


Eber Brock Ward: Michigan’s Forgotten Steamboat & Iron King

September 23, 2021 @ 7pm


A presentation by Professor Mike Nagle

WSCC Professor of History and Political Science, Mike Nagle, kicks off this year’s Humankind series on movement with this virtual presentation on local historical figure E.B. Ward. The presentation is based on research from Professor Nagle’s manuscript on Ward concerning movement in terms of transportation and migration.

This event will be recorded and available on the college’s YouTube page.

“Ward’s efforts have made possible all kinds of movement with great social and economic significance,” said Professor Nagle. “Countless migrants came to Michigan in the 1800’s on Ward’s railroad and steamboats. Millions of tons of cargo travel each year through the Soo Locks in part due to Ward’s support for the construction of this engineering marvel. Railroad cars traversed the nation’s heartland by the 1860s and 70s on iron and steel rails manufactured in Ward’s factories. Perhaps most significant of all, Ward’s vessels were known to provide safe passage to runaway slaves bound for Canada as they escaped their bondage in the United States. Ward himself was a strong supporter of the Union during the Civil War and an ardent opponent of slavery. Audience members with an interest in Michigan history will enjoy learning more about how Ward has contributed to various kinds of social and economic movement..”

Professor Nagle’s presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Bio Details:

Mike Nagle is the author of Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933, published by Wayne State University Press. He is currently working with the same press to publish a biography of E.B. Ward, which he hopes will be available sometime in 2022.  This presentation will be based on some of his research for that manuscript. More information about Nagle and the book can be found at this link: