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Odd Wisconsin Archive

"We Were Almost Drowned Out By The Squealing"


Dateline: Madison, March 13, 1848. Both houses of our legislature recently voted to begin amending our constitution, to define marriage. 156 years ago this week Wisconsin residents voted to adopt that constitution in the first place, and detailed recollections of how it was written are given here (including pigs in the basement). Two years earlier the populace had rejected a draft constitution largely because it would have allowed women to own property and African-Americans to vote; such dangerous notions were unacceptable to the majority of voters. History often reminds us of how today's anathema becomes tomorrow's common sense. Read more first-hand accounts of the creation of our constitution by searching the word "constitution" at Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Curiosities on March 12, 2004
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