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Author Gurda, John.

Title The making of Milwaukee / by John Gurda.

Published Milwaukee, Wis. : Milwaukee County Historical Society, [1999]


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 UniM Store  977.595 GURD MF12    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 458 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-446) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Native Milwaukee 1 -- Chapter 2 City on the Swamp, 1835-1846 23 -- Chapter 3 Here Come the Germans, 1846-1865 59 -- Chapter 4 Wheat, Iron, Beer, and Bloodshed, 1865-1886 105 -- Chapter 5 Triumph of the Workingman, 1886-1910 157 -- Chapter 6 A Bigger, Brighter, and Blander Milwaukee, 1910-1930 213 -- Chapter 7 Hard Times and Wartime, 1930-1945 275 -- Chapter 8 Exploding Metropolis, 1945-1967 319 -- Chapter 9 Shifting Currents, 1967- 377.
Summary These words call up an image of an ethnic, industrial town whose skyline is thick with smokestacks and steeples, a place whose character can be summed up in another "B" word: blue-collar. It's true that Milwaukee's German accent was unmistakable in the 1880s; it was the Beer Capital of the World; and it's the home of the steam shovels that dug the Panama Canal the engines that powered the New York City subway system, and the motorcycles that made Harley-Davidson an American legend.
But the stereotypes don't begin to convey the richness of Milwaukee's past. They don't describe the five citizens killed by the state militia as they marched for the eight-hour day. The Jewish community leader who wrote The Settlement Cookbook. The Italian priest who led the local crusade for civil rights in the 1960s. The railroad promoter who bribed an entire state legislature. The Socialists who made Milwaukee the best-governed big city in America. Allis-Chalmers and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Summerfest and Irish Fest. Golda Meir. Carl Sandburg. Robin Yount.
The Making of Milwaukee tells all those stories and a great many more. Well-written, superbly organized, and lavishly illustrated, it is sure to be the standard reference for many years to come.
Subject Milwaukee (Wis.) -- History.
Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Description and travel.
ISBN 0938076140