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Looking to increase your understanding of a certain U.S. History topic?  Get started by browsing this recommended reading list for titles on a number of topics.

Wisconsin Indian History
Wisconsin Immigration to 1925
Wisconsin Immigration Since 1925
Foundational U.S. History
Civil War
Progressive Era
The Civil Rights Movement
Frontier/Southwest History

 

Wisconsin Indian History

Bieder, Robert E. Native American Communities in Wisconsin, 1600-1960: A Study of Tradition and Change. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

Lowe, Patty. Native People of Wisconsin. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society press, 2003.

Lurie, Nancy. Wisconsin Indians, rev. ed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

Pfaff, Tim. Paths of the People: The Ojibwe in the Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire: Chippewa Valley Museum Press, 1993.

Prucha, Francis Paul. ed. Documents of United States Indian Policy, 3rd ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Satz, Ronald N. Chippewa Treaty Rights: The Reserved Rights of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Indians in Historical Perspective. Madison: Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 1991.

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck, ed. Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Tornes, Elizabeth M., ed. Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders. Madison: Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, University of Wisconsin, 2004.

Trask, Kerry A. Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America. New York: Henry Holt and Company 2006.

White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Wilkinson, Charles. Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2005.

Wisconsin Cartographers Guild. Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

 

Wisconsin Immigration to 1925

American Association for State and Local History. Pathways: Exploring Your Connections to History. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History.

Daniels, Roger.  Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life.  Second Edition.  New York: Perennial, 2002.

Kasparek, Jon, Bobbie Malone, and Erica Schock. Wisconsin History Highlights: Delving into the Past. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2004.

Kyvig, David E. and Myron A. Marty. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. AltaMira Press, 2000.

People of Wisconsin Series from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press:
Davies, Phillips G. Welsh in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2006.

Fapso, Richard J. Norwegians in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2001.

Hale, Frederick. Danes in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005.              

_____. Swedes in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2002.

_____. Swiss in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2007.

Holmes, David G. Irish in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2004.

Knipping, Mark. Finns in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008.

Mikos, Susan Gibson. Poles in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.

Zeitlin, Richard H. Germans in Wisconsin, Revised and Expanded Edition. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2000.

 

Wisconsin Immigration Since 1925

Coleman, Jonathan.  Long Way to Go: Black & White in America.  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.

Daniels, Roger.  Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life.  Second Edition.  New York: Perennial, 2002.

Kraybill, Donald B.  The Riddle of Amish Culture.  Revised edition.  Boston: John Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Koltyk, J Ann.  New Pioneers in the Heartland: Hmong Life in Wisconsin.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Pfaff, Tim.  Hmong in America: Journey from a Secret War.  Eau Claire, WI: Chippewa Valley Museum Press. 1995. Reprint 2008.

Theoharris, Jeanne and Woodard, Komozi.  Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America.  New York and London: New York University Press, 2005.

Valdés, Dionicio Nodin.  Barrios Norteños: St. Paul and Midwestern Mexican Communities in the Twentieth Century.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

Wisconsin Cartographers Guild.  Wisconsin's Past and Present: A Historical Atlas.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

Yang, Kao Kalia. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir.  Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2008.

 

Foundational U.S. History

Amar, Akhil. America’s Constitution: A Biography. New York: Random House, 2005.

Cayton, Andrew, ed. Pathways to the Old Northwest: An observance of the bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1988.

Fehrenbacher, Don E. The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics. New York: Oxford, 1978.

Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. Vintage Books. 1998.

 

WI Connections
Cleary, Catherine B. “Married Women’s Property Rights in Wisconsin.”  Wisconsin Magazine of History. Vol. 78, Issue 2, Winter 1994-1995.

Jackson, Ruby West and Walter T. McDonald, Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2007.

Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, Dictated by Himself. J. Gerald Kennedy, ed. Penguin Classics, 2008.

Mandell, Nikki and Bobbie Malone. Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction, Wisconsin Historical Society, 2007.

Wyman, Mark. The Wisconsin Frontier.  Indiana University Press, 1998.

 

Civil War

Ballard, Michael B. The Campaign for Vicksburg. National Park Civil War Series, 2007.

Burton, Orville Vernon. The Age of Lincoln. Hill and Wang, 2008)

Faust, Drew Gilpin. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Vintage, 2009.

Lemann, Nicholas. Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.            

WI Connections:
Barker, Brett. Exploring Civil War Wisconsin: A Survival Guide for Researchers. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2003.

Gant, Jesse J. “Patriotism is Above Political Consideration: A Look Back at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil War in Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Spring 2011, 94(3), 28-41.

Kann, Bob. Cordelia Harvey: A Civil War Angel. Badger Biographies Series, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011.

Stotts, Stuart. Lucius Fairchild: A Civil War Hero. Badger Biographies Series, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011.

Thompson, Tommy. “'Dying like Rotten Sheepe': Camp Randall as a Prisoner of War Facility During the Civil War.” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Autumn 2008, 92(1), 2-15.

Trask, Kerry. Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin. Kent State University Press, 1997.

Walrath, Gary and Robert Weible. “The Case for Historical Markers in the Twenty-First Century.” AASLH History News, Winter 2006 (61)1, 19-24.

McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead: Guide to Wisconsin’s Historical Markers. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1999.

 

Progressive Era

Clift, Eleanor. Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment. Wiley, 2003.

Keyssar, Alexander. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. Basic Books, 2009.

WI Connections:
Fishel, Leslie H. “The Genesis of the First Wisconsin Civil Rights Act.” Wisconsin Magazine of History, Summer 1966, 49(4), 324-333.

McBride, Genevieve G., ed. Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005.

 

The Civil Rights Movement

Berger, Maurice. For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Yale University Press, 2010.

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63. Simon & Schuster, 1989.

­­­­­_____. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-1965. Simon & Schuster, 1999.

_____. At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. Simon & Schuster, 2007. 

Hampton, Henry. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s. Bantam, 1991.

Jones, Patrick D. The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA. 2009.

Joseph, Peniel E. Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. Holt Paperbacks, Reprint edition 2007.

Lewis, John with Michael D’Orso. Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998.

WI Connections:
Loew, Patty and James Thannum. “After the Storm: Ojibwe Treaty Rights Twenty-Five Years After The Voigt Decision.” American Indian Quarterly, Spring 2011, 35(2), 161-191.

Nesper, Larry. “Twenty-Five Years of Treaty Rights and Tribal Communities.” Minwaajimo: Telling a Good Story. Eds. LaTisha A. McRoy and Howard J. Bichler. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 2011.

“Ojibwe Treaty Rights Understanding & Impact,” 2006, for 4th-8th graders, and “A Guide to Understanding Ojibwe Treaty Rights,” 2006, both published by Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC).

Rasmussen, Charles O.  Ojibwe Journeys: Treaties, Sandy Lake, and the Waabanong Run. Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission Press. Odanah, WI. 2003.

Sommer, Barbara W. and Mary Kay Quinlan. “Finding PATHWAYS Through Oral History,” PATHWAYS: Discovering Your Connections to History. American Association of State and Local History.

 

Frontier/Southwest History

Brooks, James F. Captives and Cousins: Slavery Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.  Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Hämäläinen, Pekka.  Comanche Empire.  New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2008.

Henderson, Timothy J.  A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States.  Hill and Wang. 2008.

Mora, Anthony.  Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848-1912.  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2012.

Romero, Orlando.  All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610. Santa Fe. Sunstone Press, 2010.

Sandos, Joe S.  Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History.  Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers, 1992.

White, Richard.  Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.  New York, W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.

Doss, Erika, Memorial Mania: Public Feelings in America. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

WI Connections:
Pfaff, Tim.  Paths of the People: The Ojibwe in the Chippewa Valley.  Chippewa Valley Museum Press, 1993.

Jortner, Adam. Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Dowd, Gregory Evans. A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

Lass, William. “Histories of the U.S.—Dakota War of 1862: A Review.” Minnesota History Magazine, 2012, 63(2)-57.

 

 

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