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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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More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.

Learn about the tragic story of what happened when Ho-Chunk warrior Red Bird and three companions surrender themselves after killing settlers.

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Ezra Pound's Wisconsin Roots

Discover literary giant Ezra Pound's connection to the frontier wilds of Wisconsin.

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The Crowning of King James

Early Mormon leader James J. Strang declares himself successor to Joseph Smith, relocates followers to Burlington, WI, and has himself crowned "king."

Read about Ho-Chunk Chief Dandy's interesting and friendly interactions with white settlers in Wisconsin, even while he was a fugitive.

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Fort Koshkonong

Learn the story surrounding the building of Fort Koshkonong by General Henry Atkinson.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with then-President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.
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