Mathilde Anneke arrived in Milwaukee in 1850, fleeing Germany because she and her husband had been active in the 1848 Revolution. She was one of the few women to participate on the battlefield, carrying messages on horseback. In America, she continued her crusade for human rights as an outspoken “Freethinker.” She was one of the best speakers in the Midwest on behalf of women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery. She started a women’s newspaper (Frauenzeitung) in 1852, using women typesetters. She wrote plays and novels, then started a progressive school in Milwaukee that offered girls a strong academic curriculum, combined with community service.