Wisconsin Magazine of History

Letter from the Editor

ust how wide is the lens of history? From detailed family genealogy to the bold strokes of a nation’s founding era, we often think of in terms of humans. Who we are is based—the term for the period before written records—assumes a human connection. It isn’t “history” until it is written down.

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