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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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Fort Koshkonong

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

Discover Juliet Severance, the free-thinking Whitewater physician who was involved with the anti-slavery movement, temperance, and women's rights.

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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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 how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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More Bank Failures (1857)

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

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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The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.
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