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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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Railroads in Wisconsin

Brief history of railroads in Wisconsin.

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Morality in America

Temperance, Abolition and Utopian Communities

Discovery how early Americans founded the abolition and temperance movements to help increase morality

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Brief biography of fomer WI governor William Augustus Barstow (1813 - 1865).

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Industrial School for Boys

Read about the school for juvenile delinquents that was formed in Waukesha, WI. This article contains links to images and official reports.

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Mexicans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Mexicans in Wisconsin.

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Wau

Read about the possible historic origins of the frequently used syllable "wau" in the geographic names of Wisconsin.

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

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

Drawing the Line from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Discover how businessmen and the legislature cooperated to create Wisconsin's first railroad.
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