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

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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."

Discover the significant role that the Peace Pipe has played in a number of moments throughout Wisconsin's history.

Civil War Battle Summary

Discover the role that Wisconsin troops, including Menominee warriors and our only unit of Black soldiers, played in a dramatic Civil War battle.

Wisconsin History textbooks will tell us that Jean Nicolet was the first white person to reach our state, but there's evidence that he was the second.

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

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

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.
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