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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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Death to Capital Punishment

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

Read the sad story of the naturally-conceived set of quintuplets, born in Watertown, believed to be the first set of quints in the US.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Discover how man-made light evolved

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

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.

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales and why it failed.
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