Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Johnathan Ebben & John S. Kuo
SITUATED IN THE northern portion of the Midwestern United States, Wisconsin is widely known as the Dairy State in recognition of its prodigious production of cheese and other dairy products. It is also the site of numerous important scientific, industrial, and cultural contributions throughout its development into a modern and multi—faceted state. Wisconsin is also renowned within the stem cell field as a hub for new research and innovation, centered primarily at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wisconsin was incorporated as the 30th state of the United States of America on May 29, 1848. Wisconsin's capital was eventually established in Madison, although its largest city is Milwaukee. In its early history, Wisconsin was populated primarily by immigrants from New York State, who brought the large—scale dairy farming methods that helped shape the agriculture of Wisconsin. Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, Wisconsin became an increasingly diverse state, incorporating ...