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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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African American Migration

World War II and it Effect on Blacks

Discover the effects World War II had on Blacks in Wisconsin.

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, organized at Kenosha, which served in the Civil War 1861-1865 and lost 401 men in service.

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Finns in Wisconsin

Learn about the Finns who emgrated to Wisconsin, largely between 180 and 1940.

Steamships, Canals and the 19th Century Economy

Discover what happened when 19th century Wisconsin settlers tried to construct a canal between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes.

Brief history of the automobile industry in Wisconsin.

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Universalists in Wisconsin

Brief history of Universalists in Wisconsin.

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

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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