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

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

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A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During World War II

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.

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Mexicans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Mexicans in Wisconsin.

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Death Penalty in Wisconsin

Brief history of the death penalty in Wisconsin.

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Baptists in Wisconsin

Learn about the Baptist congregations which began organizing in Wisconsin in the 1830s.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

See a list and brief description of significant fires in Wisconsin history.

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

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Death to Capital Punishment

How Wisconsin Eliminated the Death Penalty

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.
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