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

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

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Bonne Fete, Sieur La Salle!*

Robert de La Salle was on the first expedition to the upper Great Lakes and went on to claim the Mississippi River watershed in the name of France.

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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

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Ezra Pound's Wisconsin Roots

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

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.

Learn how Alexis St. Martin lived after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side and became a cornerstone of medical literature.

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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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