A Short History of Wisconsin offers a swift, authoritative, and compulsively readable chance to rediscover Wisconsin history from the very beginning. In this history of Wisconsin book, historian Erika Janik recounts the landscapes, people, and traditions that have made the state the multifaceted place it is today. Covering several centuries of Wisconsin's remarkable past, this fascinating account shows how the state was shaped by the same world wars, waves of new inhabitants, and upheavals in society and politics that shaped the nation.
A Short History of Wisconsin commences with the glaciers, Native American cultures and French explorers and traders. 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 twentieth century.
But only part of the story lies in sweeping societal change. Janik finds the story of a state not only in the broad strokes of immigration and politics, but 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. From the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Paperback, 164 pages, 5 1/2 in x 8 in., 49 photos and illustrations.