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Sojourner Truth

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three-quarter length carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth. The text at the bottom says "I sell the shadow to support the substance."

Discover Juliet Severance, the free-thinking Whitewater physician who was involved with the anti-slavery movement, temperance, and women's rights.

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.

Historical Essay

Paine, Byron, 1827-1871

Civil Rights Law

Learn about the Milwaukee based lawyer who won two of Wisconsin's most important civil rights cases and was on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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John Brown's Cabin

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: A view of the cabin of John Brown (5/9/1800 – 12/2/1859), an American abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end slavery...

Analyze primary and secondary sources to learn more about motivations and emotions involved during the Civil War era and Underground Railroad

Learn to use primary source materials to teach students about the abolitionist movement in Wisconsin in the 1850s.

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John Brown

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Description: Engraved vignetted carte-de-visite of John Brown, who led a raid on the U.S. Arsenal on October 16, 1859, at Harper's Ferry in the hopes of capturing weapo...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Quarter-length portrait of Caroline Quarlls Watkins, taken when she lived in Sandwich, Ontario.

Historical Essay

Louise Williams

First Woman Notary Public

Discover the story of Wisconsin's first woman notary public Louise Williams who provided legal counsel for southern Wisconsin after the Civil War.

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

Historical Essay

Abolition and Other Reforms

Read about 19th-century reform movements such as temperance and antislavery, as well as experimental utopian communities, in Wisconsin.

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Giant knife presented to John Fox Potter by Missouri Republicans after his challenge to duel with a Virginia congressman, 1860. (Museum object #1957.112)

Date: 1971 ca.

Description: Recruitment poster for a Soviet Jewry Freedom Bus, advocating the liberation of the Soviet Jewish population. Features large chain links and the phrase "Le...

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

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Frederick Douglass

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Description: Quarter-length carte-de-visite portrait of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and publisher of the newspaper The North Star.

Two Lawyers Spur Abolitionist Reform and Universal Voting Rights

Learn how Byron Paine and Halbert E. Paine used the power of law for radical abolitionist reform in mid-19th century Wisconsin.

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Men of Anti-Slavery

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Description: Portraits from "Illustrious Men of Anti-Slavery Times". Includes Theodore Parker, Wendell Phllips, William Ellery Channing, Charles Sumner, Wm. Lloyd Garr...

Date: 1863-09 ca.

Description: Proclamation made by the Episcopal Clergy of Philadelphia protesting the statement made by John Henry Hopkins, Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, supporting...

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