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The Union may be dissolved, but slavery must die, and if it can only die or be restricted to its present limits, through a dissolution of the Union, then in the name of the Framers of the Union, who made it to secure the blessings of liberty, let the Union be dissolved! (Elkhorn Independent, 1859)

The weight of Wisconsin's opposition to slavery--recorded in the history of the state's Republican party--is felt equally through the pages of its local newspapers and personal histories, in the conflicts and convictions of its citizens.