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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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Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

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Fort Koshkonong

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

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The Trial of Chief Oshkosh

The Clash of U.S Law and Indian Legal Tradition

The trial of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, one of the most famous in Wisconsin history, pitted Indian traditional justice against white man's law.

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

Discover Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in The Wisconsin Dells.

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Reform of Military Hospitals

Read about Cordelia Harvey's mission to reform Civil War era military hospitals and how invaluable her efforts were.

Morris Pratt was a well known psychic medium whose legacy is his eponymous spiritualist institution in Whitewater, known locally as "Pratt's Folly."

Two Lawyers Spur Abolitionist Reform and Universal Voting Rights

Byron Paine and Halbert E. Paine use the power of law as a powerful force for radical abolitionist reform in mid-19th century Wisconsin.

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

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Death to Capital Punishment

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