The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers

By Michael E. Stevens

Paperback: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-889-8

192 pages, 18 b&w photos, 6 x 9


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From the mid-1830s through the 1850s, more than
a half million people settled in Wisconsin. While
traveling in ships and wagons, establishing homes, and
forming new communities, these men, women, and
children recorded their experiences in letters, diaries,
and newspaper articles. In their own words, they
revealed their fears, joys, frustrations, and hopes for life
in this new place.
The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin provides a unique and
intimate glimpse into the lives of these early settlers,
as they describe what it felt like to be a teenager in a
wagon heading west or an isolated young wife living
far from her friends and family. Woven together with
context provided by historian Michael E. Stevens, these
first-person accounts form a fascinating narrative that
deepens our ability to understand and empathize with
Wisconsin’s early pioneers.