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World War I

The Struggles at Home
Discover the how American patriotism during World War I led to Xenophobia and fear of Germans.
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Red Arrow Division

Brief history of the Red Arrow Division.
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World War I "Sons in Service" Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
“Sons in Service” flag from the Washbush home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1917-1918. (Museum object #1985.34.1)
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Automobile Industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the automobile industry in Wisconsin.
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Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company

Brief history of the Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company.
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The Story of Memorial Day

Celebrations of Memorial Day Throughout History
Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.
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Lithuanians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Lithuanians who emigrated to Wisconsin in the early 20th century and again after World War II.
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Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

An Insubordinate General Educates his Superiors
Discover how Milwaukee's General William Mitchell was charged for insubordination when he warned the U.S. military of an impending new threat.
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The History of Arabs in Wisconsin

Learn about the history of Arab communities in Wisconsin. This article includes statistical data on countries of origin and the process of assimilation.
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Flu Quarantine Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story
Influenza quarantine placard, c. 1910-1924, from the period of the "Spanish flu" epidemic. (Museum object #1978.404.50)
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Hungarians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Hungarian immigrants who came to Wisconsin from the 19th century through the post-World War II era.
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Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car
Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.
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Black History in Wisconsin

Read about Black history in Wisconsin. There are many links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources.
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Ezra Pound's Wisconsin Roots

The Midwestern Heritage of One of the 20th Century's Greatest Poetic Innovators
Discover literary giant Ezra Pound's connection to the frontier wilds of Wisconsin.
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20th Century Immigration

The History of Modern Immigration in Wisconsin
Discover the economic and cultural changes that brought new immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.
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Timeline of Wisconsin History, 1900 -1999

Brief timeline of Wisconsin history from 1900 to 1999.
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Wisconsin Home for Women (Taycheedah Correctional Institution)

Read about the Home for Women, a reformatory for women aged 18 -31, and the State Prison for Women, which became the Taycheedah Correctional Institution.
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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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Robert M. La Follette

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

A History of Disease in Wisconsin
Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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