Wisconsin Land and Life

ISBN-10: 0299153541

ISBN-13: 9780299153540

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Rolling green hills dotted with Holstein cows, red barns, and blue silos. The Great Lakes ports at Superior, Ashland, and Kenosha. A Polish wedding dance or a German biergarten in Milwaukee. The dappled quiet of the Chequamagon forest. A weatherbeaten but tidy town hall at the intersection of two county trunk highways. Ojibwa families gathering wild rice into canoes. The boat ride through the Dells. The upland ridges of the Driftless Area, falling away into hidden valleys. . . .    These are images of Wisconsin's land and life, images that evoke a strong sense of place. This book,Wisconsin Land and Life, is an exploration of place, a series of original essays by Wisconsin geographers that offers an introduction to the state's natural environment, the historical processes of its human habitation, and the ways that nature and people interact to create distinct regional landscapes. To read it is to come away with a sweeping view of Wisconsin's geography and history: the glaciers that carved lakes and moraines; the soils and climate that fostered the prairies and great northern pine forests; the early Native Americans who began to shape the landscape and who established forest trails and river portages; the successive waves of Europeans who came to trade in furs, mine for lead and iron, cut the white pines, establish farms, work in the lumber and paper mills, and transform spent wheatfields into pasture for dairy cattle.    Readers will learn, too, about the platting and naming of Wisconsin's towns, the establishment of county and township governments, the growth of urban neighborhoods and parishes, the role of rivers, railroads, and religion in shaping the state's growth, and the controversial reforestation of the cutover lands that eventually transformed hardscrabble farms and swamps into a sportsman's paradise.    Abundantly illustrated with photos and maps, this book will richly reward anyone who wishes to learn more about the land and life of the place we know as Wisconsin.
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List price: $34.95
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 6/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

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Introduction: A Celebration of the Land and Life of Wisconsin
Natural Environments and Wild Landscapes
From End Moraines and Alfisols to White Pines and Frigid Winters: An Introduction to the Environmental Systems of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Glacial Landscapes
Challenges of Wisconsin's Weather and Climate
Some Patterns in the Earth Beneath Our Feet
Eastern White Pine in Southwestern Wisconsin: Stability and Change at Different Scales
Wisconsin's Vegetation History and the Balancing of Nature
Geography, Wisconsin, and the Upland Sandpiper
Settlement Processes and Cultural Patterns
The Euro-American Settlement of Wisconsin, 1830-1920
The European Settling and Transformation of the Upper Mississippi Valley Lead Mining Region
The Creation of Towns in Wisconsin
Lumbering: Wisconsin's Northern Urban Frontier
Homes on the Range: Settling the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Ore District of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan
Polish Routes to Americanization: House Form and Landscape on Milwaukee's Polish South Side
Religious Identity as Ethnic Identity: The Welsh in Waukesha County
Community Building, Conflict, and Change: Geographic Perspectives on the Norwegian-American Experience in Frontier Wisconsin
Americans by Choice and Circumstance: Dutch Protestant and Dutch Catholic Immigrants in Wisconsin, 1850-1905
Four Worlds Without an Eden: Pre-Columbian Peoples and the Wisconsin Landscape
Regional Economies and Landscapes
Changing Technology, Values, and Rural Landscapes
Milwaukee's German Renaissance Twice-Told: Inventing and Recycling Landscape in America's German Athens
The Cultural Landscape of Wisconsin's Dairy Farming
A Pretty Strange Place: Nineteenth-Century Scenic Tourism in the Dells
The Northwoods: Back to Nature?
Northern Exposures: Bird's-Eye Views of Nature and Place on Wisconsin's Lake Superior Coast During the Summer of 1886
The Geography of Ojibwa Treaty Rights in Northern Wisconsin
The Wild Rice Harvest at Bad River: Natural Resources and Human Geography in Northern Wisconsin
Wisconsin Is Almost Anywhere: Generic Places and the Routinization of Everyday Life
Postscript
Wisconsin: Place, Time, Model
Notes on Contnbutors
Index
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