Recollections of Wisconsin slaves by pioneer settlers.

Negro Slavery in Wisconsin

In this paper, Rev. Davidson traces the earliest evidence of slavery in Wisconsin, going back to French importation of slaves in the Mississippi Valley in the early 18th century and coming forward to the lead mining era. Using correspondence from old settlers of southwestern Wisconsin, he recounts what was known of the slaves brought by Army officers to Fort Crawford, those brought by miners such as Henry Dodge to Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties, and occasional evidence from elsewhere in the state.

Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Early U.S. Settlement
19th-Century Immigration
Abolition and Other Reforms
Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin
Creator: Davidson, J. N. (John Nelson)
Pub Data: Milwaukee: Parkman Club, 1896. Parkman Club publications no. 6, p. [103]-131. WHS Library Rare Book Coll. F476 P249 no.6
Citation: Davidson, J. N. Negro Slavery in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee: Parkman Club, 1896). Online facsimile at Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 6/30/2022