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Wisconsin Magazine of History

Summer 2019

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letter from the editor

Woman suffrage is coming, but it is not coming as the light follows the darkness or the summer follows the winter. It is coming as the harvest follows the patient.” So said Theodora Winton Youmans in her 1917 president’s address to the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. She was speaking from painful experience. In 1912, a referendum for statewide women’s suffrage that had passed handily in the state assembly was put down by male voters, to the shock and dismay of many who believed the time was right for this landmark legislation. It would take seven long years of continued campaigning, educating, organizing, and speechmaking for the nation to be brought to the same crossroads—this time with success—as Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment on June 4, 1919, and sent it on…

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Director, Wisconsin Historical Society Press Kate ThompsonEditor Sara E. PhillipsImage Researcher John H. NondorfResearch and Editorial Assistants Rachel Cordasco, Erika Wittekind, Kelli Wozniakowski, Elizabeth Wyckoff, and John ZimmDesign Jinger Shroeder THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE OF HISTORY (ISSN 0043-6534), published quarterly, is a benefit of membership in the Wisconsin Historical Society. Full membership levels start at $55 for individuals and $65 for institutions. To join or for more information, visit our website at wisconsinhistory.org/membership or contact the Membership Office at 888-748-7479 or e-mail whsmember@wisconsinhistory.org. The Wisconsin Magazine of History has been published quarterly since 1917 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Copyright © 2019 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. ISSN 0043-6534 (print) ISSN 1943-7366 (online) For permission to reuse text from the Wisconsin Magazine of History, (ISSN 0043-6534), please access www.copyright.com or contact the Copyright…

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felice scaduto bryant

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE NAME FELICE BRYANT, BUT YOU KNOW THE MUSIC that she and husband Boudleaux Bryant created. As the first independent songwriters in Nashville, they took the city by storm in the 1950s, playing a large role in its becoming Music City, USA. In so doing, they also created a body of music that made its way around the globe. Songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Love Hurts,” and “Rocky Top” captivated listeners and inspired young musicians everywhere, not only during the decades in which they were written but ever since. Hailing from dramatically different regions of the United States, they were two complete strangers from wholly disparate cultural backgrounds: he a small-town southern boy from Moultrie, Georgia, she a Milwaukee…

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lead, slavery, and black personhood in wisconsin

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE COAT OF ARMS OF WISCONSIN (ABOVE) ILLUSTRATES the surprising significance of lead mining and slavery in Wisconsin’s history. The figure on the left is a white Great Lakes sailor. The figure on the right is a white lead miner; he stands holding a pickaxe next to a pyramid of thirteen seventy-pound ingots of lead. The abundant natural resources and fertile land in the Great Lakes region attracted enough settlers from the Northeast, the upper South, and Europe for its citizens to propose statehood in 1848. This is a familiar story in Wisconsin. The fact that the lead miner could have been black and enslaved is not. The story of Wisconsin statehood is incomplete without considering the contributions of dozens of free and enslaved African American…

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belle la follette’s fight for women's suffrage

A century ago, on May 21, 1919, the US House of Representatives voted definitively (304 to 89) in support of women’s suffrage. Two weeks later, Wisconsinite Belle La Follette sat in the visitors’ gallery of the US Senate chamber. She “shed a few tears” when it was announced that, by a vote of 56 to 25, the US Senate also approved the Nineteenth Amendment, sending it on to the states for ratification.[1] For Belle La Follette, this thrilling victory was the culmination of a decades-long fight. Six days later, her happiness turned to elation when Wisconsin became the first state to deliver a certification of ratification. Her husband, Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette, confided to their children that Wisconsin “beat ’em to it on the suffrage amendment [because of]…

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eduard frankl

The summer of 2019 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles, signed between the victorious Allied governments and the defeated German Empire. Along with the related peace treaties signed with the other Central Powers, it marked the formal end of World War I.[1] The first great cataclysm of the twentieth century and the greatest shedding of human blood in history up to that point, World War I caused the deaths of an estimated ten million soldiers worldwide and an untold number of civilians.[2] As the victors worked to craft peace agreements and to reassemble a European continent and parts of Asia and Africa that had been torn asunder by the conflict, they grappled with myriad political, cultural, and economic problems. Vast multinational empires such as the Ottoman Empire…