Wisconsin History Day By Day

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19th-Century Immigration

An "American Letter" by Norwegian Immigrants

Immigration and Settlement (WHS)

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"Wisconsin Past and Present: A Historical Atlas" by the Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild

"Norwegians in Wisconsin" by Richard J. Fapso

"Dutch in Wisconsin" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"Irish in Wisconsin" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"An English Settler in Pioneer Wisconsin" by Edwin Bottomley

"Welsh in Wisconsin" by Wisconsin Historical Society

"Welsh Settlement in Waukesha County" by Anne Kelly Knowles

"Czechs in Manitowoc County, 1847-1932" by Frank Benes



Interesting Fact:

In the 2000 census, 8.5 percent of Wisconsin residents claimed Norwegian as their primary ancestry, 1.3 percent Dutch, 10.9 percent Irish, 1 percent Scottish, 2.8 percent English, 0.5 percent Welsh and 2.1 percent Czech.

Study Questions:

  • What were the primary locations of settlement in Wisconsin for these ethnic groups?
  • How many Norwegian immigrants settled in Wisconsin during he nineteenth century?
  • What were some of the reasons for increased immigration to Wisconsin during the 1840's?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 7:

    1930: Construction on the Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam) begins.
    1981: President Ronald Reagan announces the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 7

    1850: The Wisconsin census reported the population to be 305,391. The decade of the forties saw wide spread immigration by the Norwegians, Dutch, Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh and Czechs.

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