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The Making of Milwaukee

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Beer,. Bratwurst. Bowling. Bingo. Bars. Bubblers. Babushkas. It's striking how many Milwaukee stereotypes begin with the letter "B." They 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.
The stereotypes contain an element of truth. Milwaukee was the most "foreign" city in America in the 1800s, and its German accent was unmistakable. The community was also the Beer Capital of the World and a stronghold of heavy manufacturing. Milwaukeeans crafted 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 mayor who justified prostitution by declaring that "Men will be men." Or 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. The railroad promoter who bribed an entire state legislature. The Socialists who made Milwaukee the best-governed big city in America. The Bridge War of 1845 and the "civil disturbance" of 1967. 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. It chronicles the history of a hometown metropolis, a community whose past has produced one of the most liveable big cities in America and, at the same time, create some daunting social and economic problems. John Gurda's book is the first full-length history of Milwaukee to appear since 1948. Well-written, superbly organised, and lavishly illustrated, it is sure to be standard reference for many years to come.

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Author(s):
John Gurda
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0938076140
ISBN-13:
9780938076148
Number of pages:
458
Publisher:
The University of Wisconsin Press
Title:
The Making of Milwaukee

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Beer,. Bratwurst. Bowling. Bingo. Bars. Bubblers. Babushkas. It's striking how many Milwaukee stereotypes begin with the letter "B." They 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.
The stereotypes contain an element of truth. Milwaukee was the most "foreign" city in America in the 1800s, and its German accent was unmistakable. The community was also the Beer Capital of the World and a stronghold of heavy manufacturing. Milwaukeeans crafted 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 mayor who justified prostitution by declaring that "Men will be men." Or 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. The railroad promoter who bribed an entire state legislature. The Socialists who made Milwaukee the best-governed big city in America. The Bridge War of 1845 and the "civil disturbance" of 1967. 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. It chronicles the history of a hometown metropolis, a community whose past has produced one of the most liveable big cities in America and, at the same time, create some daunting social and economic problems. John Gurda's book is the first full-length history of Milwaukee to appear since 1948. Well-written, superbly organised, and lavishly illustrated, it is sure to be standard reference for many years to come.

Author(s):
John Gurda
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0938076140
ISBN-13:
9780938076148
Number of pages:
458
Publisher:
The University of Wisconsin Press
Title:
The Making of Milwaukee

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