Understanding Wisconsin’s decentralized and greatly localized early development offers important clues for historians of later eras who are attempting to come to terms with the history of the Midwest as a region. The Fox River Valley is but one example of the divisions – economic and otherwise – that make the Midwestern states a patchwork of regions centered on places that might have little bearing to other locations within even their own state. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for historians of the Midwest, typically accustomed to state-based histories, to consider both the global and the intensely local in their work.
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Larsen, Lawrence H. and Cottrell Larsen, Barbara
"Wisconsin’s Disaggregated Development and the Study of the Midwest,"
Studies in Midwestern History: Vol. 1
, No. 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/midwesternhistory/vol1/iss1/4