Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 contains seventeenth- to early twentieth-century accounts of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as recorded in 138 books. These books include records of the land and its natural resources; conflicts between settlers and native people; as well as the experience of pioneers, missionaries, soldiers, immigrants, and reformers. The collection also documents the growth of local communities and cultural traditions and the development of regional agriculture, business, religion, politics, and education.
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- The History of the Upper Midwest: An Overview
- Map of Western States, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, with portions of Illinois and Indiana, 1873
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
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- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
- California as I Saw It: First Person Narratives, 1849-1900
- Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929
- Detroit Publishing Company
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