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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 Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

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The Budget Deficit of 1921

Read about Gov. John J. Blaine's plan to deal with the Budget Deficit of 1921.

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

Discover the role the Wisconsin played in women being allowed to practice law in The Supreme Court.

Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

Read about John Till and his miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that got him arrested by the WI State Medical Board a number of times.

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

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.
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