WISCONSIN by August Derleth


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A balanced consideration of physical geography, industry, agriculture and history, the influence of successive groups and the achievements of individual citizens. The history of each geographical area in the state is traced from its first settlement to its current preoccupations: fishing and hunting in forests, dairy farming, the waterways and the port of Milwaukee, lead mining, manufacturing, beer, recreation. Favorite sons (minus McCarthy) and daughters appear--Cordelia Harvey, Lapham, La Follette, the Ringling Brothers and the Wright Brothers, Mitchell, Dodge and Shepard--and the Wisconsin Idea is elaborated along with a heritage which includes a free school system, an abolitionist tradition, the 4-H movement. Well--written, more solid than Carpenter's Wisconsin, and more appealing in appearance.

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 1967
Publisher: Coward-McCann