The purpose of this guide is to provide access to resources for students taking a specific course in the history of Wisconsin or to those students who simply desire facts and knowledge about the history of our state.
Milwaukee in The 1930s by John D. Buenker (Editor)What would it be like to take an intensive tour of Milwaukee as it was during the late 1930s--at the confluence of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the run-up to World War II? That is precisely what the participants in the Federal Writers Project did while researching their Guide to Milwaukee. The fruits of their labors were ready for publication by 1940, but for a number of reasons the finished product never saw the light of day--until now. Fortunately, the manuscript has been carefully preserved in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives . Seventy-five years after the work's completion, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and historian John D. Buenker present this guide--now serving as a time machine, ready to transport readers back to the Milwaukee of the 1930s, neighborhood by neighborhood, building by building. Much more than a nostalgic snapshot, the book examines Milwaukee's history from its earliest days to 1940. Buenker's thoughtful introduction provides historical context, detailing the FWP's development of this guide, as well as Milwaukee's political climate leading up to, and during, the 1930s. Next, essays on thirteen "areas," ranging from Civic Center to Bay View, delve deeper into the geography, economy, and culture of old Milwaukee's neighborhoods, and simulated auto tours take readers to locales still familiar today, exploring the city's most celebrated landmarks and institutions. With a calendar of annual events and a list of public services and institutions, plus dozens of photographs from the era, Milwaukee in the 1930s provides a unique record of a pre-World War II American city.
Call Number: 977.595 M663 2016
Publication Date: 2016
The Making of Milwaukee by John Gurda"Milwaukee was the most "foreign" city in America in the 1800s, and its German accent was unmistakable. The community was also the Beer Capital of the World and a stronghold of heavy manufacturing. Milwaukeeans crafted the steam shovels that dug the Panama Canal, the engines that powered the New York City subway system, and the motorcycles that made Harley-Davidson an American legend." "The Making of Milwaukee chronicles the history of a hometown metropolis, a community whose past has produced one of the most livable big cities in America and, at the same time, created some daunting social and economic problems. John Gurda's book is the first full-length history of Milwaukee to appear since 1948."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Call Number: 977.595 G978
Publication Date: 1999
Milwaukee Then and Now by Sandra AckermanAs part of the popular Then and Now Series, the city of Milwaukee is celebrated with archival photographs shown alongside specially commissioned contemporary images of the same scene.
The Selma of the North : Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee by Patrick D. JonesBetween 1958 and 1970, a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from unique circumstances in Milwaukee. A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns against employment and housing discrimination, segregated public schools, the membership of public officials in discriminatory organizations, welfare cuts, and police brutality. Patrick Jones tells a powerful and dramatic story that is important for its insights into civil rights history: the debate over nonviolence and armed self-defense, the meaning of Black Power, the relationship between local and national movements, and the dynamic between southern and northern activism. Jones offers a valuable contribution to movement history in the urban North that also adds a vital piece to the national story.
Call Number: 977.595 J785
Publication Date: 2009
The healthiest city : Milwaukee and the politics of health reform by Judith W. LeavittBetween 1850 and the turn of the century, the population of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, exploded from 20,000 to nearly 300,000. The city's quick growth brought with it all of the problems of nineteenth-century urbanization: high death rates, infectious diseases, crowded housing, filthy streets, inadequate water supplies, and incredible stench. The Healthiest City, now available in paperback, shows how a coalition of reform supporters - including business people, clergy, women's groups, professionals, trade-union Socialists, Populists, and reform Republicans - united to demand community education and public responsibility to achieve for Milwaukee the title of "the healthiest city" by the 1930s. In her new preface, Judith Walzer Leavitt notes that the 1993 cryptosporidiosis outbreak revealed that Milwaukeeans - and Americans in general in recent years - have paid decreasing attention to the machinery that keeps our cities operating and our citizens healthy. The bill for disinvesting in public health is paid by the public in inconvenience, in illness, and even in death.
Roadside Geology of Wisconsin by Robert H. Dott; John W. AttigRobert H. Dott, Jr. and John W. Attig wrote Roadside Geology of Wisconsin to help residents and visitors alike envision mastodons roaming in front of glaciers 12,000 years ago, feel storm waves pounding sea cliffs 500 million years ago, and hear volcanoes exploding 1,900 million years ago.
Finns in Wisconsin by Mark KnippingThe Finns who settled in northern regions of Wisconsin engaged in mining, logging, and farming. The Finns prided themselves on sisu, a Finnish term meaning fortitude in the face of adversity.
Call Number: 977.5 K71
Publication Date: 1977
Germans in Wisconsin by Richard H. ZeitlinBetween 1820 and 1910, nearly five and a half million German-speaking immigrants came to the United States in search of new homes, new opportunities, and freedom from European tyrannies. Most settled in the Midwest, and many came to Wisconsin, whose rich farmlands and rising cities attracted three major waves of immigrants. By 1900, German farmers, merchants, manufacturers, editors, and educators to say nothing of German churches (both Catholic and Lutheran), cultural institutions, food, and folkways had all set their mark upon Wisconsin.
Native People of Wisconsin by Patty LoewNative People of Wisconsin, the fifth text in the New Badger History series for upper elementary and middle school students, focuses on the Indian Nations in the state: the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe, Oneida, Mohican Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Band, and the Brothertown Indians. Patty Loew has followed the same structure she used in Indian Nations of Wisconsin, her book for general audiences, in which she provided chapters on Early History and European Arrivals, then devoted the remaining chapters to each of the Indian Nations in Wisconsin today.
Call Number: 977.5 L913
Publication Date: 2003
Irish in Wisconsin by David G. Holmes"Irish in Wisconsin" recounts the nature of the Irish immigrant experience in Wisconsin both in relation to other ethnic groups and to the larger story of Irish immigration into this country. David Holmes shows the impact of the Irish on the state's early development and politics. He explores the Irish cultural contribution to the state and the current resurgence in Irish pride and identity. "Irish in Wisconsin" tells this story with solid historical analysis, first-hand accounts, and rare photographs."
Call Number: 977.5 H749
Publication Date: 2004
Norwegians in Wisconsin by Richard J. FapsoThis perennially popular book, now revised and expanded with additional historical photos and documents, offers a concise introduction to Wisconsin's Norwegian immigrants. The narrative examines the mass migration of Norwegians from 1837, when Ole Nattestad became the first Norwegian settler in Wisconsin, to the late nineteenth century, when Norwegian immigration largely came to a close.
Swedes in Wisconsin by Frederick HaleThe revised and expanded edition of Frederick Hale's Swedes in Wisconsin begins with the story of the state's first legal Swedish immigrants Hale describes the mass emigration from Sweden to the Midwest that began during the late 1860s and fundamentally changed both Sweden and the Midwest. During this time more than a million Swedes left their homeland for North America,
Call Number: 977.5 H161 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Swiss in Wisconsin by Frederick HaleHale begins with the establishment of New Glarus in 1850 and chronicles the story of the Swiss immigrants in Wisconsin, exploring their reasons for leaving Switzerland and the struggle to retain their unique culture. Photographs from Wisconsin Historical Society collections and maps supplement the text, while excerpts from letters and memoirs give a personal insight into the lives of the early Swiss pioneers.
Call Number: 977.5 H161
Publication Date: 1984
Welsh in Wisconsin by Phillips G. DaviesBetween 1840 and 1890, many Welsh looked to Wisconsin for relief where they could purchase inexpensive, productive land. Once in Wisconsin, the newcomers kept to themselves, maintained their native language and national traditions and worshipped together in close-knit communities. This addition to the People of Wisconsin series weaves period letters from the Owen family and Private John Jones, who served in the Union army in the Civil War, into the narration. "Welsh in Wisconsin" also contains anecdotes from early immigrant life and photographs depicting Welsh churches in Wisconsin.
Call Number: 977.5 D255
Publication Date: 2006
Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers (Badgerlink)This link opens in a new windowFull-text daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers from 2005 to 90 days ago, plus newspapers from the 1800s and 1900s. For student and adult researchers.