A Short History of Wisconsin.

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Erika Janik (author); A SHORT HISTORY OF WISCONSIN; Wisconsin Historical Society Press (History) $0.00 ISBN: 9780870204401

In 1910, voters in Milwaukee, the largest city in the State of Wisconsin, elected Emil Seidel the first Socialist mayor in the United States. Equally significant, that year they sent Victor Berger to Congress as the first Socialist congressman.

Another big year in Milwaukee was 1845, which saw the creation of the Milwaukee Curling Club, now the oldest curling club in continual existence in the United States. And in 1919, Earl aCurlya Lambeau and George Calhoun organized the Green Bay Packers, which went on to win more league championships than any other professional football team.

This is but a sampling of the many facts and stories that are entertainingly told in A Short History of Wisconsin by Erika Janik. The author does a commendable job of bringing the history of Wisconsin to life and filling it with meaning. A freelance writer whose first book was Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsinas Past, Janik skillfully interweaves the events that occurred in the Badger State with the bigger story of historical events in the United States. For instance, she relates how the work of economists at the University of Wisconsin was developed by President Franklin Rooseveltas administration into what became a national system of unemployment compensation and retirement benefits.

Janikas account of the social and political development of Wisconsin is one of...

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