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Dome-less state Capitol from unpaved Wisconsin Avenue

An unpaved Wisconsin Avenue leads east in 1868 to the third state Capitol in Madison. The dome wasn't completed until 1869.

This State Journal editorial ran on Feb. 27, 1865:

Wisconsin has done her part toward wiping the foul stain of slavery from America, having by more than a three-fourths vote of her Legislature ratified the amendment to the Constitution of the United States abolishing and prohibiting slavery, proposed by Congress, two Democrats in the Senate and six in the Assembly having aided in the good work by their votes.

Seventeen other states had previously ratified the amendment in the following order: Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Missouri, Maine, Virginia (loyal), Ohio, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana, Nevada, Louisiana.

Two states have rejected it, Delaware and Kentucky, but they can change their vote at any time.

Fifteen states remain to vote, of which nine have loyal legislatures, four of them we believe now in session; of these states, Arkansas, Connecticut, California, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont (eight in all), will certainly ratify, and it is thought New Jersey will also do so, which will make the requisite three-fourths of the states.

Should New Jersey reject it, some regenerated Southern state will doubtless soon be ready to finish the work, which is certain of accomplishment within a year or two.

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