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The History of Wisconsin

THOMPSON, William E. (series editor)

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ISBN 10: 0870201220 / ISBN 13: 9780870201226
Published by Sate Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973
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Complete 6-volume set. Small 4to. Brown, tan, burgundy, blue, burgundy and green (respectively) with gilt spine lettering. xiv, 753pp; xiv, 659pp; xiv, 693pp; xviii, 734pp; xv, 642pp; xx, 830pp. Marbled endpapers (except Volume 2), illustrations, maps. Near fine/very good to near fine. Nonauthorial gift inscription on inner flyleaf of first volume and ownership signature on front pastedown of Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 6; rough patch at lower right of most rear jacket panels from industrial-strength price sticker removal. Superb sextette, all first editions, of this hefty history, individually authored and titled as follows: Volume I: From Exploration to Statehood, by Alice E. Smith; Volume II: The Civil War Era, 1848-1873, by Richard N. Current; Volume III: Urbanization & Industrialization, 1873-1893, by Robert C. Nesbit; Volume IV: The Progressive Era, 1893-1914, by John D. Buenker; Volume V: War, a New Era, and Depression, 1914-1940, by Paul W. Glad; Volume VI: Continuity and Change, 1940-1965, William F. Thompson. Bookseller Inventory # 41130

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Title: The History of Wisconsin

Publisher: Sate Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Published in 1973, this first volume in the History of Wisconsin series remains the definitive work on Wisconsin's beginnings, from the arrival of the French explorer Jean Nicolet in 1634, to the attainment of statehood in 1848. This volume explores how Wisconsin's Native American inhabitants, early trappers, traders, explorers, and many immigrant groups paved the way for the territory to become a more permanent society. Including nearly two dozen maps as well as illustrations of territorial Wisconsin and portraits of early residents, this volume provides an in-depth history of the beginnings of the state.

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Alice E. Smith was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1896. In 1923 she received a B.A., and in 1926 an M.A., from the University of Minnesota, where she worked as an assistant at the university press. At the Minnesota Historical Society she served as a research and editorial assistannt on the multi-volume History of Minnesota. From 1929 until 1946, Miss Smith was chief of the maps and manuscripts division of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. She became the Society's director of research in 1947 and held that post until her retirement in 1965. Her books, all published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, include James Duane Doty: Frontier Promoter (1954): George Smith's Money: A Scottish Investor in America (1966); and Millstone and Saw: The Origins of Neenah-Menasha (1967).

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