Wisconsin's Past and Present; A Historical Atlas

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    Despite Wisconsin's rich history, no historical atlas has been produced in the state since 1878. Wisconsin's Past and Present, created by the Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild, has filled this void with a fascinating and colorful portrait of the state's complex development. This useful and entertaining guide, produced to mark 150 years of statehood, provides a lasting resource for map lovers and history buffs of all ages, and anyone interested in Wisconsin's heritage. The Atlas features more than 100 pages of historic and geographic data, including full-color maps, descriptive text, photos, and illustrations.
    The Atlas highlights the peoples and cultures, economy and land, and socio-political landscape of Wisconsin—from Native American mounds to weather hazards to labor history. Situated at the intersections of natural and cultural regions, Wisconsin has always been an area "on thecutting edge." It formed a boundary between the glaciated and unglaciated regions of North America, which evolved into the "tension line" between the Northwoods and the Central Plains. It later became the meeting ground among Native American nations, and a new home to diverse groups of immigrant settlers, who introduced cutting-edge political and economic ideas to the rest of the country. Wisconsin still serves as a borderland between the agricultural Midwest, the industrial Great Lakes, and the Northern forests. The Atlas explores the history of indigenous cultures, immigrant groups, natural resources, agriculture, industries, boundaries, political and social movements, and government institutions in lively detail.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wonderfully useful book."—William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-–Madison

"This atlas fills a void in the bibliography of Wisconsin history."—Margaret Beattie Bogue, professor emeritus of history, University of Wisconsin–Madison, author of Around the Shores of Lake Michigan

"[Wisconsin's Past and Present] is a first of its kind for this state and is long overdue."—Onno Brouwer, associate director, University of Wisconsin Cartography Laboratory, co-editor of the Cultural Map of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299159405
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 968,655
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild, founded in 1996, is an association of professional freelance mapmakers with a total of forty years of experience in the craft and complementary backgrounds in thematic cartography, geography, history, art, science, and computer graphics. Members pool their skills and resources to produce maps, illustrations, and other educational materials.

The Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild is Marily Crews-Nelson, Laura Exner, Michael Gallagher, Zoltán Grossman, Amelia Janes, and Jeffry Maas.

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Table of Contents

Biographies of Cartographers/Authors and Consulting Editors
Peoples & Cultures
Indigenous Peoples 2
Early Cultures 2
Native & European Encounters 4
Native Nations of Eastern Wisconsin 6
The Ho-Chunk & Dakota Nations 8
The Ojibwe Nation 10
The Potawatomi Nation 12
Conflicts over Native Land Resources 14
Immigrants 16
Anglo-Americans & British Isles Immigrants 16
Becoming German American 18
Scandinavian Settlement 20
European Immigration 22
Ethnic Milwaukee 24
African American Settlement 26
Newest Arrivals 28
Cultural Legacies 30
Immigrant Religious Patterns 30
Cultural Figures 32
Land & Economy
Natural Resources 36
Glacial Landscapes 36
Mining Districts & Discoveries 38
Timber, River & Mill 40
Agriculture 42
Harvesting the Crops 42
America's Dairyland 44
Weather Hazards 46
Changes in Rural Society 48
Industries 50
Transportation Networks 50
Southeastern Wisconsin Industries 52
Growth of the Fox Valley 54
The Inland Sea: Shipping on the Great Lakes 56
Impacts on Wisconsin's Environment 58
Tourism & Recreation 60
Society & Politics
Boundaries 64
Colonial Boundaries & European Empires 64
Territorial Boundaries 66
Statehood 68
County Boundaries 70
Movements 72
Progressive Era 72
Industrial Labor Unions 74
Women's Influence 76
The 1960s: Time of Turmoil & Change 78
Government 80
Federal Elections in Wisconsin 80
Population & Representation 82
State Government 84
The Military in Wisconsin 86
Educational System 88
Bibliography & Sources 93
Photograph & Illustration Credits 107
Index 109
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