Short History of Wisconsin

Short History of Wisconsin

by Erika Janik
     
 

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Rediscover Wisconsin history from the very beginning. A Short History of Wisconsin recounts the landscapes, people, and traditions that have made the state the multifaceted place it is today. With an approach both comprehensive and accessible, historian Erika Janik covers several centuries of Wisconsin's remarkable past, showing how the state was shaped by

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Rediscover Wisconsin history from the very beginning. A Short History of Wisconsin recounts the landscapes, people, and traditions that have made the state the multifaceted place it is today. With an approach both comprehensive and accessible, historian Erika Janik covers several centuries of Wisconsin's remarkable past, showing how the state was shaped by the same world wars, waves of new inhabitants, and upheavals in society and politics that shaped the nation.

Swift, authoritative, and compulsively readable, A Short History of Wisconsin commences with the glaciers that hewed the region's breathtaking terrain, the Native American cultures who first called it home, and French explorers and traders who mapped what was once called "Mescousing." Janik moves through the Civil War and two world wars, covers advances in the rights of women, workers, African Americans, and Indians, and recent shifts involving the environmental movement and the conservative revolution of the late 20th century. Wisconsin has hosted industries from fur-trapping to mining to dairying, and its political landscape sprouted figures both renowned and reviled, from Fighting Bob La Follette to Joseph McCarthy. Janik finds the story of a state not only in the broad strokes of immigration and politics, but also in the daily lives shaped by work, leisure, sports, and culture. A Short History of Wisconsin offers a fresh understanding of how Wisconsin came into being and how Wisconsinites past and present share a deep connection to the land itself.

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"Erika Janik has produced a wonderful portrait of the Badger state. With its engaging style, her short history of Wisconsin—including its national achievements in areas like the environment, education, labor and politics—provides a remarkable insight into what makes the state great. You'll be surprised at the treasures she's unearthed!" (Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio)

"A Short History of Wisconsin is a compelling look into the state's past. This exemplary book would make any Wisconsinite proud, and enlighten others as to why our state is a unique and welcoming place to live and experience." (Former First Lady of Wisconsin, Jessica Doyle)

"A Short History of Wisconsin is thorough and completely self-contained. It tells its story from beginning to end in a comprehensive yet breezy manner. Equally important, however, the book is an invitation to the reader to delve deeper into Wisconsin history." (ForeWord Reviews)

"Janik is obviously a storyteller, and this is what makes her book easy to read and understand. If you are looking for a book that puts historical facts into a list, this is not it. Janik organizes the facts so they tell a story by which readers are moved. Readers feel the frustration as disagreements about the Wisconsin constitution prevent it from becoming a state, pride as Wisconsin abolitionists break a runaway slave out of jail, and enthusiasm as the Packers are formed." (Mary Parsons, Wisconsin People & Ideas)

2010 Finalist in the Regional Category from ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
2011 Finalist in the Regional Nonficion Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2011 Finalist in the History: United States Category from USA National Best Book Awards
2011 Winner of the Book Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870204401
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date:
07/08/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
439,005
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Erika Janik is the author of Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Her work has appeared in Midwest Living, MyMidwest, Wisconsin Trails, the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Magazine of History, and The Onion. Originally from Redmond, Washington, she now lives in Madison.

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