It Happened in Wisconsin

It Happened in Wisconsin

by Michael Bie
     
 

From the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the attempted assassination of  Teddy Roosevelt, It Happened in Wisconsin gives readers a unique look at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Badger State.
 
Find out how Wisconsin’s dairy farms came to produce some of the world’s finest cheeses. Learn how a raging wildfire

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Overview

From the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the attempted assassination of  Teddy Roosevelt, It Happened in Wisconsin gives readers a unique look at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Badger State.
 
Find out how Wisconsin’s dairy farms came to produce some of the world’s finest cheeses. Learn how a raging wildfire in Peshtigo killed as many as 2,400 people. And discover how Joe McCarthy evolved from an amateur boxer into one of the country’s most infamous senators.
 
In an easy-to-read style that’s entertaining and informative, author Michael Bie recounts some of the most captivating moments in the history of Wisconsin.

Editorial Reviews

Regular readers of Michael Bie's Classic Wisconsin web site (www.classicwisconsin.com) know that its webmaster likes to view history from a quirky angle. While other regional chroniclers bog down in dull stories of town meetings and frontier builders, Bie is happily spinning tales about James Jesse Strang, the self-appointed king of Beaver Island, and revealing the true story behind the killing of Dan Devine's dogs. The 30 stories collected herein cover everything from political scandals, assassins, and outlaws to weather disasters. An entertaining read from America's Dairyland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762741533
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Series:
It Happened in Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Read an Excerpt

      Jean Nicolet was lost. Really lost. Half-a-world lost.
     Wearing a full length silk robe with a colorful bird and flower print and firing pistols to announce his arrival, at least Nicolet looked good when he stepped out of his canoe to ask for directions that summer day in 1634.
      The local Winnebago Indians who greeted Nicolet on the shores of Green Bay were perplexed of course, as most people are by the French, but they welcomed the stranger nevertheless and served him dinner, which is always better than being served as dinner.
      It wasn’t easy discovering a new world.

Meet the Author

Michael Bie is perhaps best known for his website www.classicwisconsin.com, a popular e-zine devoted to travel, history, and culture in America’s Dairyland. He lives in Verona, Wisconsin.

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