The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers (Paperback)
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From the mid-1830s through the 1850s, more than a half million people settled in Wisconsin. While traveling in ships and wagons, establishing homes, and forming new communities, these men, women, and children recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and newspaper articles. In their own words, they revealed their fears, joys, frustrations, and hopes for life in this new place.
The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin provides a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives of these early settlers, as they describe what it felt like to be a teenager in a wagon heading west or an isolated young wife living far from her friends and family. Woven together with context provided by historian Michael E. Stevens, these first-person accounts form a fascinating narrative that deepens our ability to understand and empathize with Wisconsin’s early pioneers.
About the Author
Michael E. Stevens is Wisconsin State Historian Emeritus and the author or editor of nearly thirty articles and thirteen books. He has won the Gambrinus Prize for the Family Letters of Victor and Meta Berger and the Association for Documentary Editing's Lyman Butterfield Award for career contributions in historical research, teaching, and documentary editing. Stevens earned his PhD in American history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was editor and director of publications for the South Carolina Department of Archives and History from 1978-1987, and held various positions at the Wisconsin Historical Society from 1987-2013, including state historian, state historic preservation officer, and division administrator.
“This book is a good read, colored by emotion of the pioneers themselves.”-Lake Superior Magazine
"Michael E. Stevens has assembled a vivid, compelling, and memorable collection of pioneer voices in The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin. The nineteenth century feels suddenly very contemporary." Pamela Smith Hill, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder