Themes, concepts, premises that are included in this story, in no particular order:

                         

·       The Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine, established in the state constitution in 1848. It guarantees that the waters of Wisconsin shall be forever free.

·       Environmental stewardship.

·       The transition from boyhood to manhood.

·      Struggle of good vs. evil.

·       Responsibility to do what is right.

·       How the coming of the railroads to remove timber resulted in Wisconsin's single, greatest economic boom of all time.

·       The wasteful devastation of the greatest white pine forest on earth that took place in the late 19th century.

·       Boom towns created by the timber trade that have since faded or completely disappeared.

·       Industrial age innovations that changed how man worked and lived.

·       Child labor abuse in the late nineteenth century.

·       Railroads as a primary mode of transportation.

·       Nineteenth century logging practices, including terms, methods, conditions of employment, dangers, and life in the northern Wisconsin lumber camps. Fourteen hour workdays, six days a week.

·       Graft, fraud, and deceitful dealings that were often employed by the big timber outfits to maximize profits, cheat the government and the lumberjacks.

·       Gambling halls, taverns, and sporting houses, all designed to capture the earnings of the lumberjacks.

·       Proper hunting ethics and practices.

·       Respect for Nature.

·       Contrast between Native American culture and philosophies and those of the immigrants.

·       How northern Wisconsin people lived in the late 1880s.


                                           Much, much more!

 

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