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Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas Hardcover – November 18, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (November 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029915940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299159405
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a student of Wisconsin's natural and human history all my life, this book is a Godsend for its fine graphics and outstanding presentation of historical minutiae. I particularly appreciate its statewide focus that avoids Madisonian or Milwaukeean parochialism. "One must caress the details, the divine details" - The authors have done this in this obvious labor of love. Probably one of the top five books ever written on the geography and history of Wisconsin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on September 4, 2009
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If only every state had this kind of historical atlas to put its society, economy, and all other aspects of its past into historical perspective. The map selection is detailed and thorough, the map drawings are crisp and presetable. The text fully supports the maps. The book covers settlement, origianl native tribes, the economic growth, the development of counties, it even covers which NFL football teams either have in the past or are presently training in Wisconsin. It covers the little known milk strikes (little known outside of Wisconsin) of 1933.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amy H. on December 26, 2011
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Great book,lots of information.Just what I was looking for.Quick delivery,Perfect condition.For Historical atlas it is a good read.I enjoyed this book and would suggest it to anyone to read
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I've always loved maps and this book contains wonderful, informative ones with a wealth of information. They're a superb supplement to any serious study of Wisconsin history and provide a special type of insight.
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By Kimi Ishikawa on November 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are an atlas freak, history buff, Wisconsiphile, map hound, teacher, or all of the above (like me!), you will love, love, love this historical atlas. It is a data- and map-based taste of an incredible range of Wisconsin history topics (rather than a deep study of any one).

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.
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