Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wisconsin Death Trip

Wisconsin Death Trip
by Michael Lesy [917.75 obLes]

The 1800s out west is often stereotypically portrayed as a wholesome place where American dreams came true, communities thrived and conservative values were upheald. But was that actually the case? Historian Michael Lesy compiled this bizarre look into the life of the people of the West in the late 1800s using newspaper clippings and old photographs. Truth be told, there was a macabre side to the time including poverty, mental illness, violence, and suicide to name a few. This gritty look at Black River Falls, WI is an alternative and very real dark historical view of the past. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Diane Arbus, magazine work by Diane Arbus; The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry.] -- recommended by Glory B. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ official Wisconsin Death Trip web site (for both book and film) ] | [ official Michael Lesy bio page from Hampshire College ]

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