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Author: Hannah Dugan

Monroeville: Origins of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and its connection to Joshua Glover’s story

This article is part of a series that connects Milwaukee’s current social conditions with efforts in Alabama cities to publicly recognize their racial histories, to document the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, and to extend and expand the Movement’s goals towards peace and reconciliation. Monroeville is the birthplace of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the hometown of the novel’s author, Harper Lee. And its people and geography serve as the genetic makeup of “Macomb,” the fictional hometown of Scout, Jem, Dill, Calpurnia, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch. In some ways, the town itself is a character in this novel. Monroeville...

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Birmingham: A Civil Rights Journey From Milwaukee to Alabama

This article is the first in a series that connects Milwaukee’s current social conditions with efforts in Alabama cities to publicly recognize their racial histories, to document the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, and to extend and expand the Movement’s goals towards peace and reconciliation. View the companion Photo Essay for this series. A short but long anticipated trip to see the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” in rural Alabama, serendipitously expanded to become a trek along the state’s Civil Rights “trail.” Eventually, the visit planned for a few days transformed itself into an itinerary of lessons in peace and...

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Photo Essay: A search for peace along the road to reconciliation

This Photo Essay presents a overview in images of an article series that connects Milwaukee’s current social conditions with efforts in Alabama cities to publicly recognize their racial histories, to document the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, and to extend and expand the Movement’s goals towards peace and reconciliation. The pictures summarize the trip through Alabama, and serves to visually link the series. Birmingham: A Civil Rights Journey From Milwaukee to Alabama Extended Coverage© Photo Birmingham: A Civil Rights Journey From Milwaukee to Alabama Photo Essay: A search for peace along the road to reconciliation Hannah...

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Wisconsin voters are the decision makers in judicial elections

Wisconsin Spring elections are upon us, with early voting and the April 3rd election day voting for nonpartisan offices, including state judicial officers. Wisconsin remains in the majority of states which elects its judges and justices, entrusting the entire citizenry to choose the entire branch of government. Statewide, this election cycle’s ballots include twelve contested judicial elections—one election for a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and eleven elections for six-year terms in the county circuit courts of Clark, Columbia, Dane, Eau Claire, Juneau, Manitowoc, Price, Sauk, Winnebago, Waukesha and Buffalo-Pepin, one judge presides over cases in both...

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A reminder for Milwaukee about basic rights on the Constitution’s 230th birthday

The United States Constitution Every day it not only asserts and confirms our basic rights. but also sets the contours and controls of our government. Today the founding document of our republic celebrates its 230th birthday. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed annually to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. [1] Current Congressional resolutions urge civic and local government institutions to plan for the “complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and locally,” and mandates: 1) that the head of every federal agency provide each...

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Lincoln’s only visit to Milwaukee in 1859 as a lawyer

The pride of the American legal profession visited Milwaukee only once, and for merely a day. Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln came to Milwaukee not at the behest of Wisconsin bar colleagues, [1] but rather at the behest of the State Agricultural Society of Wisconsin. He came not as a skilled litigator, but rather as a celebrity. And he did not disappoint. He came to the 1859 version of the Wisconsin State Fair, during which he earned some speaker’s fees and gained some political friends. Within five months, he headed to New York to deliver his career-changing Cooper Union Speech,...

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