The Wisconsin Frontier

The Wisconsin Frontier

Mark Wyman
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/23/2011
Format: Paperback 22 b&w illus., 8 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22332-6
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Oustanding Achievement, Wisconsin Library Association

From 17th-century French coureurs de bois to lumberjacks of the 19th century, Wisconsin’s frontier era saw thousands arriving from Europe and other areas seeking wealth and opportunity. Indians mixed with these newcomers, sometimes helping and sometimes challenging them, often benefiting from their guns and other trade items. This captivating history reveals the conflicts, the defeats, the victories, and the way the future looked to Wisconsin’s peoples at the beginning of the 20th century.

Author Bio

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.


“This captivating history of the Wisconsin frontier era reveals the conflicts, the defeats, the victories, and the way the future looked to Wisconsin’s peoples at the beginning of the 20th century.”

“Wyman has a smooth style, with an eye for informative yet catchy quotations. He has compressed volumes of material without losing the 'you-are-there' dynamic that characterizes all good history. This is a book for the general public to which professional historians might well turn to discover an original interpretation. . . . A well-told, well-documented tale.”
 — Wisconsin Academy Review

“A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this thoroughly accessible history, highly recommended especially for Wisconsin history shelves and public library collections. April 2011”
 — Midwest Book Review

“An informative and readable overview. . . . [Wyman's] integration of Indian history into the work is well done and commendable.”
 — Journal of Illinois History

“A highly readable, balanced account of the area that became the state of Wisconsin in 1848 . . . [Wyman] elevates his narrative from a limited state history to a fascinating story of the gains and perils, ebbs and flows that characterize the American frontier saga.”
 — Western Historical Quarterly

“A superb history.”
 — Midwest Book Review

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Chapter I The French Open a Frontier
Chapter II Before the Europeans
Chapter III Frenchmen and Indians
Chapter IV An Arena for International Competition
Chapter V Struggle Over the Upper Lakes
Chapter VI Miners, Indian Wars, and a Frontier Transformed
Chapter VII Rush to the Land
Chapter VIII An Ethnic and Religious Jumble
Chapter IX Restricting the Indian Domain
Chapter X Logging the Pineries
Chapter XI Legacies
Essay on Sources

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