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Milwaukee S Bronzeville

Author: Paul H. Geenen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439633029
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With the migration of African American sharecroppers to northern cities in the first half of the 20th century, the African American population of Milwaukee grew from fewer than 1,000 in 1900 to nearly 22,000 by 1950. Most settled around a 12-block area along Walnut Street that came to be known as Milwaukee's Bronzeville, a thriving residential, business, and entertainment community. Barbershops, restaurants, drugstores, and funeral homes were started with a little money saved from overtime pay at factory jobs or extra domestic work taken on by the women. Exotic nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants attracted a racially mixed clientele, and daytime social clubs sponsored "matinees" that were dress-up events featuring local bands catering to neighborhood residents. Bronzeville is remembered by African American elders as a good place to grow up--times were hard, but the community was tight.

Forgotten Tales Of Wisconsin

Author: Martin Hintz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614231877
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Drift back to an era when the speed limit in Milwaukee was an edgy four miles per hour and Madison lawmakers could poke at hogs to punctuate the tedium of legislative sessions. Martin Hintz makes even the slow times of the Badger State fly by in this collection of Wisconsin's forgotten memories. Taste the world's first batch of pink lemonade (made with the dye of a circus performer's pants) and witness the tragic death of the world's last wild passenger pigeon. Track down ancient Algonkin legends like the great serpent that swam up the Mississippi looking for copper, and drop in on modern legends like Les Paul, whose guitar spun records into gold.

Wisconsin Votes

Author: Robert Booth Fowler
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299227449
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This is the first full history of voting in Wisconsin from statehood in 1848 to the present. Fowler both tells the story of voting in key elections across the years and investigates electoral trends and patterns over the course of Wisconsin's history. He explores the ways that ethnic and religious groups in the state have voted historically and how they vote today, and he looks at the successes and failures of the two major parties over the years. Highlighting important historical movements, Fowler discusses the great struggle for women's suffrage and the rich tales of many Wisconsin third parties--the Socialists, Progressives, the Prohibition Party, and others. Here, too, are the famous politicians in Wisconsin history, such as the La Follettes, William Proxmire, and Tommy Thompson. Winner, Award of Merit for Leadership in History, American Association for State and Local History

Schuster S And Gimbels

Author: Paul H. Geenen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614237530
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For well over a century, Milwaukee shoppers have had Gimbels or Schuster's on the brain. Even if they didn't crave sewing notions or prize-winning apple pies, they were watching holiday parades wind by, tuning in for Billie the Brownie's radio updates or losing themselves in front of one of the fabulous window displays. Not only were they magical places to shop but also wonderful places to work, creating the kind of community where a kid might come in to work the Christmas rush and stay for twenty-five years. Enjoy this loving trip through the history of these beloved stores, from their arrival in Milwaukee in the 1880s through the 1962 merger and beyond.

Conservative Counterrevolution

Author: Tula A Connell
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252098064
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In the 1950s, Milwaukee's strong union movement and socialist mayor seemed to embody a dominant liberal consensus that sought to continue and expand the New Deal. Tula Connell explores how business interests and political conservatives arose to undo that consensus, and how the resulting clash both shaped a city and helped redefine postwar American politics. Connell focuses on Frank Zeidler, the city's socialist mayor. Zeidler's broad concept of the public interest at times defied even liberal expectations. At the same time, a resurgence of conservatism with roots presaging twentieth-century politics challenged his initiatives in public housing, integration, and other areas. As Connell shows, conservatives created an anti-progressive game plan that included a well-funded media and PR push; an anti-union assault essential to the larger project of delegitimizing any government action; opposition to civil rights; and support from a suburban silent majority. In the end, the campaign undermined notions of the common good essential to the New Deal order. It also sowed the seeds for grassroots conservatism's more extreme and far-reaching future success.

Schuster S Gimbels

Author: Paul H. Geenen
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 9781609493899
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"This title traces department store retailing in America back to Adam Gimbel's immigration in the early 1800s. He started the successful, innovative flagship Gimbels Department Store in Milwaukee and purchased Schuster's in the '50s, and it became the largest department store of its kind in the country. All Gimbels locations closed after being bought out in the '70s"--

Civil Rights Activism In Milwaukee

Author: Paul H. Geenen
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 9781626193789
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"Discover the challenges faced by civil rights groups in their fight for open housing and better working conditions for Milwaukee's minority community"--

Street Poison

Author: Justin Gifford
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385538383
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The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture. You can't understand contemporary black (and even American) culture without reckoning with Iceberg Slim and his many acolytes and imitators. Literature professor Justin Gifford has been researching the life and work of Robert Beck for a decade, culminating in Street Poison, a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the most complicated figures in twentieth-century literature. Drawing on a wealth of archival material—including FBI files, prison records, and interviews with Beck, his wife, and his daughters—Gifford explores the sexual trauma and racial violence Beck endured that led to his reinvention as Iceberg Slim, one of America's most infamous pimps of the 1940s and '50s. From pimping to penning his profoundly influential confessional autobiography, Pimp, to his involvement in radical politics, Gifford's biography illuminates the life and works of one of American literature's most unique renegades.

Hidden History Of The Minnesota River Valley

Author: Elizabeth Johanneck
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614231958
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Traveled by mammoth-hunters and motorcyclists alike, the Minnesota River Valley shows the traces of a unique legacy: where else are you going to find a political party with ideals based on honest conversation and gymnastics? Not all of it is as lovely as the natural scenery it accompanies—Mankato was the site of the largest mass execution in United States history—but its heritage demands contemplation. Discover the valley’s most enterprising characters, from Fort Snelling bootleggers like Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant to the Granite Falls lawyer behind Prohibition, Andrew Volstead. With a guide like Johanneck, you might meet some familiar figures in surprising circumstances as she steals up behind Dr. Mayo at the grave he was robbing for medical research or catches FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in a moment of unguarded correspondence.


Author: John Gurda
ISBN: 9780692451892
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"Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods" is a historical and contemporary chronicle of grassroots Milwaukee. It consists of 37 chapters about individual neighborhoods grouped by district: Central, West Side, North Side, East Side, and South Side. An introductory essay explains the concept and organization of the book as a whole, and shorter essays introduce the dynamics of each district. Every chapter follows the same format: the origins of the neighborhood, its evolution over time, and its present character; and every chapter is richly illustrated with archival materials -- photographs, maps, advertisements, and drawings -- as well as color photographs taken between 2013 and 2015. The book's dimensions are 9.625 by 11.5 inches, and it consists of 480 pages with index.