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1917-1959

1917
Large numbers of African Americans from the rural South begin moving to Wisconsin communities, including Racine, Beloit and Milwaukee.

The U.S. enters World War I. Wisconsin becomes first state to meet draft requirements; 120,000 soldiers serve in the military, and almost 4,000 die in the war.

1919
The Wisconsin legislature ratifies the nineteenth amendment (women's suffrage), then becomes first state to deliver ratification to Congress.

E. L. "Curly" Lambeau starts a town team called the Green Bay Packers and coaches them to six world championships.

1920s
Resort industry becomes increasingly important to the economy of northern Wisconsin.

The American Water Spaniel, a purebreed dog bred by Dr. F. J. Pfiefer of New London, is one of five breeds of dog developed in the United States.

1924
Robert M. LaFollette Sr. runs for president, receiving nearly five million votes and winning Wisconsin.

"Fighting Bob" (Robert LaFollette, Sr.) speaks to a crowd in Cumberland, Wisconsin in 1897. WHi(3)1449

1932
Wisconsin enacts first unemployment-compensation law in the nation.


1934
The Wisconsin Progressive Party is organized.

1941-1945
The United States enters World War II. 332,000 Wisconsin residents serve in U.S. military, including 9,000 women.

1946
The Wisconsin Progressive Party dissolves, and its members rejoin the Republican Party.

1948
Wisconsin celebrates its centennial as a state.

1950
Wisconsin's population reaches 3.4 million.

1953
Hank Aaron signs contract with the Milwaukee Braves.

Hank Aaron at bat during a Milwaukee Braves preseason game in Montgomery, Alabama. Lot 3425,#5S469.

1958
UW scientist Joshua Lederberg is awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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