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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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Tobacco Industry

Broef history of Wisconsin's tobacco industry.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

See a list and brief description of significant fires in Wisconsin history.

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Swiss in Wisconsin

Brief history of the Swiss in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the temperance movement in Wisconsin.

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Unitarians in Wisconsin

Learn about the advent of Unitarianism in Wisconsin in the mid-19th century.

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Greeks in Wisconsin

Learn about the Greeks immigrants who came to Wisconsin in the early 20th century.

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.

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Paper Industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the paper industry in Wisconsin.
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