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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Richard N. Current ( 1912-2012) was a historian who taught at numerous schools over the years, including Mills College and the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison. He published many titles on the history of Abraham Lincoln, and in 1975 he was the president of the Southern Historical Association.