A Short History of Wisconsin

Erika Janik (Author)
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Product Details

Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Publish Date
July 01, 2010
5.5 X 0.75 X 8.0 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Erika Janik is the author of Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Her work has appeared in Midwest Living, MyMidwest, Wisconsin Trails, the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Magazine of History, and The Onion. Originally from Redmond, Washington, she now lives in Madison.


2011 Winner of the Book Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Erika Janik has produced a wonderful portrait of the Badger state. With its engaging style, her short history of Wisconsin including its national achievements in areas like the environment, education, labor and politics provides a remarkable insight into what makes the state great. You'll be surprised at the treasures she's unearthed!" (Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio)

""A Short History of Wisconsin" is a compelling look into the state's past. This exemplary book would make any Wisconsinite proud, and enlighten others as to why our state is a unique and welcoming place to live and experience." (Former First Lady of Wisconsin, Jessica Doyle)

""A Short History of Wisconsin" is thorough and completely self-contained. It tells its story from beginning to end in a comprehensive yet breezy manner. Equally important, however, the book is an invitation to the reader to delve deeper into Wisconsin history." ("ForeWord Reviews")

"Janik is obviously a storyteller, and this is what makes her book easy to read and understand. If you are looking for a book that puts historical facts into a list, this is not it. Janik organizes the facts so they tell a story by which readers are moved. Readers feel the frustration as disagreements about the Wisconsin constitution prevent it from becoming a state, pride as Wisconsin abolitionists break a runaway slave out of jail, and enthusiasm as the Packers are formed." (Mary Parsons, "Wisconsin People & Ideas")"

2010 Finalist in the Regional Category from "ForeWord" Magazine s Book of the YearAwards
2011 Finalist in the Regional Nonficion Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2011 Finalist in the History: United States Category from USA National Best Book Awards
2011 Winner of the Book Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Historical Society"