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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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Brewing and Prohibition

Read about the brewing industry, the temperance movement, and the effects of prohibition in Wisconsin.

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Dodge, Henry (1782-1867)

U.S. Senator, Frontiersman, Soldier

Brief biography of Henry Dodge (1782 - 1867).

The Birth of the Badgers

Discover the history of lead mining in Wisconsin, and the origin of Badgers.

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Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

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Tornadoes in Wisconsin

Read about tornadoes in Wisconsin, including some of the worst to have struck the state.

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.

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Swiss in Wisconsin

Brief history of the Swiss in Wisconsin.

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

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Elections in Wisconsin

Brief history of elections in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal.
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