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Black History in Wisconsin

African Americans have lived in Wisconsin since the mid-19th century, and their story is an important part of Wisconsin's history. This online collection from the Wisconsin Historical Society brings together documents that tell the story of the state's African American community. The materials here are divided into six sections, including "The Fur Trade Era," "The Later 19th Century," and "The Civil Rights Era." Each one of these sections contains a brief narrative essay that provides a bit of historical background. There are over 40 documents embedded within these sections, including items such as a poster advertising an abolitionist rally in Milwaukee and several articles about the 1923 tour of the Peters Chicago Union Giants, an African American baseball team that toured the state playing local teams.
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