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Born in Scotland, Muir began his life in Wisconsin by working on his family farm. Nearly going blind from a factory accident, Muir walked from Indiana to Florida, trying to experience as much nature as possible. It was in California that Muir began working to preserve nature, founding the Sierra Club, publishing articles, and promoting conservation, eventually leading to the foundation of our National Parks Service. How did Muir’s work impact the use and view of natural space in this country? Nelson was a Wisconsin native who after serving in World War II and becoming a lawyer, took on political office. From the state senate, to governor, to the U. S. Senate, Nelson served the state of Wisconsin for the majority of his adult life. He is well-known for founding Earth Day and creating a following for the conservation movement.
Anneke was born in Germany but came to call Wisconsin home, just as other "Forty. Eighter" immigrants to the United States. Once here, pursued the ideal of freedom, including women's rights and opposition to slavery. She published a suffragist newspaper and founded a girls' school in Milwaukee. How did Anneke's past in Germany influence her actions in the United States? What legacy did Anneke and other "Fourty-Eighters“ leave in the United States?