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November 8, 2018

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This image taken in 1902 shows members of the German-American Freie Gemeinde ("Free Thinkers") organization, posed in front of their building at Sauk City. According to the Free Congregation website, On October 24, 1852, exactly 80 "Germans of Sauk City and the surrounding area" signed the call for organizing the Freie Gemeinde von Sauk County, Wisconsin. (Freie Gemeinde means "Free Congregation" or "Free Society" in German.) These founders had come to the United States from several of the German states in the wake of the failed liberal revolution of 1848, seeking freedom to practice their...

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