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

Historical Essay

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 Lancaster, Wisconsin.

A New Vision for the United States

Discover how a few key political issues in the 1850s gave birth to the Republican Party

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

Historical Essay

Glover, Joshua

Runaway Slave

Biography of Joshua Glover, a runaway slave from St. Louis, Missouri who sought asylum in Racine, Wisconsin in 1852.

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

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...

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.

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 7 supplemental materials to the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Date:  date unknown

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

Photograph

Sherman M. Booth

Date:  date unknown

Description: Sherman Booth (1812-1904), abolitionist editor and leader.

Date: 1853 

Description: Half plate daguerreotype of E. Harwood, Dr. William Brisbane, and Levi Coffin, sitting in a row.

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

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.

Photograph

Susan B. Anthony

Date:  date unknown

Description: A portrait of an elderly Susan B. Anthony. She is known primarily for her leadership in the women's rights movement, but was also an activist for other soc...

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

Photograph

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...

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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...

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