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Working with Water: Wisconsin Waterways

By Bobbie Malone, Jefferson J. Gray, and Anika Fajardo

Paperback: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-87020-329-9
88 pages, 120 photos, illus. and maps, 8 x 7"

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How has the enormous power of water shaped our state? How have people historically responded to the presence of so much water? These two themes form the core of the third book in the New Badger History series, "Working with Water: Wisconsin Waterways." Similar in format to "Digging and Discovery" and "Learning from the Land," "Working with Water" completes the resource-based trio of student books and teacher materials that effectively integrate Wisconsin's natural and human history.

The eight chapters in "Working with Water" take students from glaciers to stewardship. In the first chapter, the focus on geography and hydrography gives students the "whys" and "wheres" of Wisconsin's landscape and waterscape. Subsequent chapters examine the way the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and our interior waterways served as a transportation network that linked our mid-continental region and its inhabitants - Native people, fur traders, and the European and Euro-American settlers who followed them to the world beyond. Students learn about our rich maritime heritage by exploring shipping and shipbuilding, shipwrecks and lighthouses. The later chapters deal with people whose livelihoods depended on resources from the water and wetlands, such as fishing, ricing, and cranberry cultivation.

Then the emphasis shifts to the industries and locations that rely on water power (lumbering, milling, and papermaking), or the preservative power of ice and its role in the brewing and meat-packing industries as well as the industry of ice harvesting. Unfortunately, these industries brought pollution as well as prosperity. In the final chapter, the book concentrates on recreation and recovery, connecting the history of waterways to today's resorts, tourism, and environmentalism.

Intriguing illustrations of our trademarked badger welcome students to 83 two-color, kid friendly pages. Working with Water contains many historic photographs, maps, original drawings, and informational side bars that clarify the concepts and content.

Also available: "Working with Water" Teacher's Guide


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