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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

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More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.

Read about how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

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Death to Capital Punishment

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

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The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

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The Budget Deficit of 1921

Read about Gov. John J. Blaine's plan to deal with the Budget Deficit of 1921.
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