The History of Wisconsin Volume II: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873

By Richard N. Current

Hardcover: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-87020-160-8

676 pages, 54 b/w photos and illus., 28 maps, 6 x 9"


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This volume introduces us to the first generation of statehood, from the conversion of prairie and forests into farmland to the development of cities and industry. In addition, this volume presents a synthesis of the Civil War and Reconstruction era in Wisconsin. Scarcely a decade after entering the Union, the state was plunged into the nationwide debate over slavery, the secession crisis, and a war in which 11,000 "Badger Boys in Blue" gave their lives. Wisconsin's role in the Civil War is chronicled, along with the post-war years. Complete with photographs from the Historical Society's collections, as well as many pertinent maps, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in this era of Wisconsin's history.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
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1. Opening the Way
2. Peopling the Land
3. Exploiting Nature's Bounty
4. Living Together and Apart
5. Enlarging Community Affairs
6. Reshaping Party Politics
7. Panic and Depression
8. State Rights or the Union?
9. The Call to Arms
10. Badger Boys in Blue
11. Civilian Life in Wartime
12. Filling in the Contours
13. The Halting Economy
14. Government and Welfare
15. A Society Still in Formation
16. The Politics of Reconstruction

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