Wisconsin's Past and Present
I chose the "Conflicts over Native Land Resources" map on page 15. This map shows the events that allowed the book's subsequent maps to exist (the Black Hawk War, for example) and that we are still seeing the consequences of the events (the fishing rights controversy, for example). It is one of the few maps not broken down into rectangles. The map implies the contradictions between Indians' notions of land and ownership and white Americans' belief that staking out squares of land for farms make a nation. The map's three squares showing reservations seem out of place. The map reminds viewers that Wisconsin was and is a contested land. This map needs to be viewed in context with several other maps, particularly maps showing Indian migration to Wisconsin (compare to white migration to Wisconsin?) and maps showing westward expansion of the U.S.