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"Fighting" Bob La Follette

Governor and Progressive
Discover how Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement reformed state government and the Republican Party.

Learn Wisconsin History

Discover the rich history of Wisconsin through essays, images, lesson plans, and community histories.
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Pleasant Ridge a Refuge for Former Slaves

Read the history of Pleasant Ridge, Wisconsin, a unique a community developed by freed Southern African American slaves in the mid-19th century.
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Jesuit Missionaries in Early Wisconsin

Brief history of Jesuit Missionaries and key figures
Names and brief bios of principal missionaries who served in or wrote about Wisconsin, or are mentioned in Jesuit Relations concerning Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin Territory

A Brief History of Wisconsin before Statehood
Wisconsin's population growth as the territory expanded from 1836 to 1846.
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Wisconsin Territorial Governors

List of Wisconsin's territorial governors from 1836 to 1848 and a brief summation of the responsibilities of the position.
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Bad Axe, Battle of

Brief summation of the events pertaining to the concluding engagement of the Black Hawk War, The Battle of Bad Axe.
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Fort Blue Mounds

Brief description of Fort Blue Mounds, built near the town of the same name during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
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Iron Brigade

Civil War unit
Discover the only Civil War brigade made up chiefly of Wisconsin men, The Iron Brigade.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin History

History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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U.S. Indian Allotment Policy in Wisconsin, 1887-1934

Read about "allotment," which was the Indian policy of the U.S. government from 1887-1934; also called the Dawes Act.
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Survey, Rectangular

History of the U.S. Rectangular Survey
Learn about the "Public Land Survey System," the U.S. General Land Office's system of measuring and naming land.
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Carr, Ezra Slocum (1819-1894)

Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
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Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
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Cadotte, Michael, 1764-1837

Pioneer Fur Trader
Brief biography of pioneer fur trader Michael Cadotte.
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Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur (1639-1710)

Explorer and Trader
Biography of Daniel Greysolon Sieur Duluth who helped protect the Wisconsin area against raids of the Iroquois.
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Ely, Richard Theodore, 1854-1943

Brief bio of Richard Theodore Ely, professor, economist, social reformer and author who played a votal role in shaping the "Wisconsin Idea."
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Dubay (Dube), John Baptiste (1810-1887)

Fur Trader and Murderer
Biography of pioneer fur trader John Baptiste Dubay.
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Everest, David Clark (1882-1955)

Businessman and Historical Society President
Biography of Wisconsin businessman and president of the Wisconsin Historical Society David Clark Everest.
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Wilcox, Ella Wheeler (1850-1919)

Poet and Temperance Advocate
Biography of Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

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