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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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Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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The First Madison Lodgings

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Learn about the most successful Utopian community in Wisconsin and the interesting fact that it was born in the wake of a failed doomsday prediction.

Learn about the tragic story of what happened when Ho-Chunk warrior Red Bird and three companions surrender themselves after killing settlers.

Join cantankerous British geologist George Featherstonehaugh as travels to Madison in 1837 and finds things not as he expected them to be

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

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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.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.
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