Wisconsin: A History / Edition 2

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Robert Nesbit’s classic single-volume history of Wisconsin was expanded by Wisconsin State Historian William F. Thompson to include the period from 1940 to the late 1980s, along with updated bibliographies and appendices.

First paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299108045
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 630
  • Sales rank: 965,140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Nesbit is professor emeritus of American history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was active in reviving Wisconsin history as a regular course offering. He is also the author of The History of Wisconsin, Volume III: Urbanization and Industrialization, 1873–1893.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The land, its people, and European empires 3
1 The land and primitive man 5
2 France and the empire of the St. Lawrence 17
3 The British years, 1750-1775 31
Pt. 2 From American ownership to control, 1775-1816 47
4 The northwest and the American revolution 49
5 American in fact 62
6 The military frontier 76
Pt. 3 Settlement, exploitation, and organization, 1816-1848 89
7 The first ten thousand 91
8 The Wisconsin lead region 106
9 Territorial Wisconsin 118
10 The land system and frontier opportunity 133
Pt. 4 Yankees and Europeans built a state, 1830-1860 147
11 Patterns of settlement 149
12 Pioneer life 163
13 The pioneer economy : opportunities 179
14 The pioneer economy : transportation 190
Pt. 5 Statehood in an unstable union, 1846-1865 209
15 Statehood 211
16 The uneasy years, the 1850s 226
17 Civil war 242
Pt. 6 A new economy emerges, 1860-1900 263
18 The civil war and the economy 267
19 King wheat dethroned 280
20 Empire in pine 296
21 Rails, commerce, and industry 313
Pt. 7 Politics and the melting pot, 1865-1890 339
22 The melting pot 341
23 Politics of complacency 362
24 Politics of protest 381
Pt. 8 The laboratory of democracy, 1890-1919 399
25 La Follette 401
26 The fruits of progressivism 419
27 Progressivism falters 435
Pt. 9 Between the wars 457
28 The 1920s 459
29 Depression decade 476
Pt. 10 Adjustments to maturity, 1940-1980 497
30 Problems of a mature economy 499
31 Realignments, social and political 527
App. 1 Governors and elections 563
App. 2 Wisconsin votes in presidential elections 569
App. 3 Population of wisconsin 573
App. 4 One hundred ten years of Wisconsin cities 574
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