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Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas Hardcover – November 18, 1998
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"A wonderfully useful book."—William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-–Madison
"This atlas fills a void in the bibliography of Wisconsin history."—Margaret Beattie Bogue, professor emeritus of history, University of Wisconsin–Madison, author of Around the Shores of Lake Michigan
"[Wisconsin's Past and Present] is a first of its kind for this state and is long overdue."—Onno Brouwer, associate director, University of Wisconsin Cartography Laboratory, co-editor of the Cultural Map of Wisconsin
About the Author
The Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild, founded in 1996, is an association of professional freelance mapmakers with a total of forty years of experience in the craft and complementary backgrounds in thematic cartography, geography, history, art, science, and computer graphics. Members pool their skills and resources to produce maps, illustrations, and other educational materials.
The Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild is Marily Crews-Nelson, Laura Exner, Michael Gallagher, Zoltán Grossman, Amelia Janes, and Jeffry Maas.
Top Customer Reviews
I was a bit skeptical at first because every volume I found in bookstores had a plastic wrap around the book making it impossible to review its contents before I purchased it. The price was also a bit steep. But Amazon was about $15 less than bookstores so I figured I'd take the chance and purchase it. I was not disappointed. Again, all states should have dedicated cartographers who want to explain their state's history in maps. It may not be the end all books on Wisconsin's history, but by reading this book one comes away with a feel for what the Wisconsin experience was all about. I highly recommend this book.
There is so much great information in this book! Flip to any spread and get drawn in to stories and historical details that you've never heard before. This review has taken hours to write because I keep getting sidetracked by fascinating tid-bits!
The atlas is organized into three categories: "People and Cultures," "Land and Economy," and "Society and Politics," and further subdivided into subsections (e.g., the "Society and Politics" category is subdivided into "Boundaries," "Movements," and "Government"). Each two-page spread focuses on a specific topic within that subsection -- for example, the "Movements" section includes the following topics: "Progressive Era," "Industrial Labor Unions," "Women's Influence," and "The 1960s: Time of Turmoil & Change."
Each two-page spread is organized like an encyclopedic entry with paragraphs delineated by headings that are either chronological or topical depending on the subject. Maps, sidebars, timelines, photographs, artistic renderings, and data tables illustrate every spread. A very rich 13-page bibliography at the back notes source material for every two-page spread.
In this age of Common Core State Standards, don't overlook the teaching and learning opportunities in an atlas like this. Remember that "Close Reading of Informational Text" can mean studying a map, graph, or data table in depth to unpack all of the rich information found therein.Read more ›
The reason I give 3 stars to this listing is because the same book is listed separately with a much more reasonable price. Please go there to see my 5-star review! Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book showing locations of wisconsins ethnic groups and the development of the state.Published 8 months ago by gspm
I've always loved maps and this book contains wonderful, informative ones with a wealth of information. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Grace Cole
Needed this book for a Wisconsin geography class, is an excellent book. Goes into a lot of detail, but a great source.Published on August 12, 2011 by Speedy Tweety
While I appreciate many sections of the book, the authors make the age-old mistake of equating Luxembourger immigrants with Germans or Germanic-speaking peoples. Read morePublished on July 16, 1999 by MLWisc@aol.com