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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Photograph

Cultivating Cotton

Date: 1902-05 

Description: Carlos Christian cultivating a field for cotton. He is posing while holding a plow which is hitched to a mule. Pine trees run along the perimeter of the fi...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of the Cameron Mission, a home for rescued Asian (Chinese and Japanese) slaves in San Francisco. Some of the residents are posed in a group a...

Book or Pamphlet

Slave Catchers

Date: 1849 ca.

Description: Drawing of two slave catchers pointing guns at two runaway slaves.

Date: 1860 after

Description: A slave is being whipped by a slave owner as he kneels and prays next to a bale of cotton labeled "COTTON" and "CSA". John Bull sits on the bale facing awa...

Date: 1770 

Description: The south west sheet of a four sheet map of Virginia, showing the counties, mountains, rivers, court houses, a few cities, and mills. A few Plantations ar...

Historical Essay

Fugitive Slave Collar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Iron collar removed from a fugitive slave by Wisconsin soldiers in 1862. (Museum object #1961.73)

Photograph

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."

Date: 1860 after

Description: African American man, left, map depicting Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the border of Pennsylvania, right. Key of "DIRECTIONS" in upper right corner. At...

Date: 1860 after

Description: Dressed in uniform with a Confederate hat, eyeglasses, and a belt with pistols and a sword, a gorilla stands with a rifle in his right hand and a knife is...

Date: 1860 after

Description: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in a boxing ring. Text at top reads, "CHAMPION PRIZE ENVELOPE - LINCOLN & DAVIS IN 5 ROUNDS", underneath reads "3RD ROU...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A carte-de-visite of a slave sitting with three children. The text at the bottom says "Learning is Wealth. Wilson, Charley, Rebecca, & Rosa. Slaves from Ne...

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: 1860 after

Description: A grinning African American man wears a tattered version of Uncle Sam's costume as he dances and sings. The caption below reads, "I'm glad I'm not in Dix...

How Wisconsin was Divided

Discover how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery and led to the survey of public lands north of the Ohio River.

Date: 1860 after

Description: Scene of 16 figures. A slave owner raises his whip as black families race towards Fort Monroe, some remain behind picking cotton. The slave owner is saying...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Text of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Includes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

Historical Essay

Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

Date: 1929 

Description: Re-enactors demonstrate a replica of the first reaper built by Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1831. The man raking at the back of the reaper appears to be playing...

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