Janesville Resources

Explore the following books, Web sites and films for more insight into Janesville's history.

Burned Over District

Web sites

Answers.com: Second Great Awakening

The National Park Service: Links to the Past

Olivercowdery.com: 1810-1830 Federal Census Indices

The Crooked Lake Review Fall 2005 — Saints, Sinners and Reformers: The Burned-Over District Re-Vistited


Altschuler, Glenn C. and Saltzgaber Jan M., Revivalism social conscience, and 
community in the Burned-over District: the trail of Rhoda Bement.
Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Barkun, Michael. Crucible of the millennium: the burned-over district of
New York in the 1840s. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1986.

Cross, Whitney R. The Burned-Over District; the Social and Intellectual History of 
Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800-1850. Ithaca, NY and London, 1950.

Potash, P. Jeffrey. Vermont's burned-over district: patterns of community
development and religious activity, 1761-1850. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1991.

Wellman, Judith. Grass roots reform in the burned-over district of upstate
New York: religion, abolitionism, and democracy. New York: Garland 
Pub., 2000.

Henry Janes

Excerpts from Early Reminiscences of Janesville by Henry Janes. Reprinted in Wisconsin Historical Collections Vol. VI

John Nolen

PennDesign (formerly University of Pennsylvania School of Design): Comprehensive collection of John Nolen's presentation plans


Nolen, John. Better city planning for Bridgeport; some fundamental 
proposals to the City plan commission. Bridgeport, Conn.: The Brewer-Colgan co., printers] 1916

Nolen, John. City planning: a series of papers presenting the essential elements of a city plan. New York, London: D. Appleton and Company, c1916.

Nolen, John. Comprehensive Planning for small towns and villages. Boston: American Unitarian Association, [1911?].

Nolen, John. Madison, a model city. Boston, Mass., 1911.

Nolen, John. The making of a park system in La Crosse: report. La Crosse, Wis.: 
Inland Printing Co., 1911.

Nolen, John. New ideals in the planning of cities, towns and village. New York city, 
American city bureau [c1919].

Nolen, John. Parkways and land values. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1937.

Rogers, Millard F,. John Nolen & Mariemont: building a new town in Ohio. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Military History

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Regimental History of the 32nd Division 

PBS American Experience: MacArthur>Capture and Death March 

Medal of Honor Winners

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Wisconsin Recipients

Sit-down Strike of 1937


Dollinger, Sol, and Genora Johnson Dollinger. Not Automatic: Women and the Left in the Forging of the Auto Workers Union. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press, 2000

Fine, Sidney. Sit-Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-37. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969.

Yeghissian, Patricia. Emergence of the Red Berets. University of Michigan: Michigan Occasional Papers in Women’s Studies, 1980


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Janesville, City on the Rock

Since its early days, when settlers arrived to stake their claims on the fertile river valley, Janesville has evolved into a city rich in history and culture.


Burned-Over District

Many of the first settlers were idealists from New England's "burned-over area," a region heavily evangelized during the religious revival movement of the early 1800s.

Electricity comes to Janesville

Through the efforts of local businessmen, the Janesville Electric Co. began supplying power to the citizens of Janesville in 1882.

The Sit-Down Strike of 1937

A sit-down strike at Janesville's General Motors (GM) assembly plant in 1937 became a defining moment in the history of labor union relations at GM.


Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, African-American medical pioneer

Dr. Williams's early medical education was nurtured in Janesville by Civil War hero Dr. Henry Palmer. Williams went on to have a brilliant career in Chicago where he founded the city's first multi-racial hospital and performed the world's first successful heart surgery.

Henry Traxler, legendary city manager

In 1922 the citizens of Janesville elected Henry Traxler as their first city manager. His administrative accomplishments helped develop Janseville's civic infrastructure.

Janesville Medal of Honor Recipients

The Congressional Medal of Honor is awarded to a person in the Armed Services for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of The United States. There have been a significant number awarded to residents of Janesville.


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