The Wisconsin Frontier

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Indiana University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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From French coureurs de bois coursing through its waterways in the seventeenth century to the lumberjacks who rode logs down those same rivers in the late nineteenth century, settlers came to Wisconsin's frontier seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them, often benefiting from their guns, pots, blankets, and other trade items. The settlers' frontier produced a state with enormous ethnic variety, but its unruliness worried distant governmental and religious authorities, who soon dispatched officials and missionaries to help guide the new settlements. By 1900 an era was rapidly passing, leaving Wisconsin's peoples with traditions of optimism and self-government, but confronting them also with tangled cutover lands and game scarcities that were a legacy of the settlers' belief in the inexhaustible resources of the frontier.
 

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Contents

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NlCOLET LANDING AT GREEN Bav IO34
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Efficv mouNns at tue MeNnota Asvlum grouN0s ManisoN
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INniaN village oN the Wolf River
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FreNcttmeN aNn INniaNs
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Juliet KiNzie
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Black HawS
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Cttief Osukosu of tue MeNomiNees
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ONeina INniaNs iN school circa ig
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WlNNEBAGos PICKING CRANBERRIEs
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Louis BlaNcharn
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Logs floatiNg nowN tue Black River
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Essay on Sonrces 29
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Log cariN i
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Mark Wyman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Illinois State University. He is author of several books, including Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880--1930 and Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West.

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