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Studies in Midwestern History

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Abstract

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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