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The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the states government in 2010, Wisconsins political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency.The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the states progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and Gayl...

Title : The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics
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ISBN : 9780393635201
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics Reviews

  • Dayna

    Thorough & informative, this book traces how Wisconsin's political shift had been effected by shady special interests. It even seems to be showing a very possible future for the country. In the 60s, there were 2 beacons of progressivism: Berkeley & Madison, both now a shadow of what they once were & promised to be. On a brighter note, I really liked the flow of the writing. Though full of heavy info, the book read like a good novel. I received a Kindle edition from a Goodreads giveaw ...more

  • Sean Owen

    Having just moved to Wisconsin I felt like this book was the perfect crash course in Wisconsin politics. I had seen the protests around Act 10 in the national news, but not having an understanding of Wisconsin's history I didn't fully appreciate how big of a turnaround it was. Kaufman gives a brief history of Wisconsin's role as a progressive force in national politics and then explains how it was all turned around starting with Act 10 on up to flipping Wisconsin for Trump.

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  • Jen

    I grew up in blue state WI, moved to CO 20 yes ago, and have watched and felt WI’s transition to a red state. This book stressed me out- the presence of ALEC, gerrymandering and voter ID laws will ensure that the liberal WI I knew won’t be back anytime soon. Interestingly, the attack on unions did such damage to workers rights, and affected elections. It just made me so sad to read this one.

  • Marvin

    You learn a lot about Wisconsin. My less than stellar rating is less about Kaufman's abilities than more of my own expectations. I was hoping for a little more data. The anecdotal examples are really noteworthy, although it does seems to jump around a bit from policy, to environmental, to Wisconsin's indigenous population. I wanted more policy and more data and there were so many opportunities for Kaufman to buttress his admirable case studies with hard data that would have made his arguments mo ...more

  • Brad Scott

    This book is an essential read for anyone wishing to understand some of the what has been happening around the country politically in terms of the dismantling of worker's rights and the complete and utter attack on the working class by the GOP. Being from Wisconsin, it was wonderful seeing stories of brave social justice fighters from my home state such as Randy Bryce, and environmentalists like Mike Wiggins working to try to retake and retain the things that make not just Wisconsin great, but A ...more

  • Lynne

    As a long term Wisconsin resident, this was soooooo depressing to read...it's depressing to live, too.

  • Linda Robertson

    This is an excellent book that looks at how the conservatives have systematically destroyed what was one of the most progressives states in the US. It starts with a look at the ideals the state was founded upon and then how Walker and others have destroyed the unions, the school system, the superb University system and are going after environmental regulations.

    I wish I had bought my copy instead of getting a library copy. I wanted to highlight passages.

    Excellent read.

  • Selena

    I received a free e-copy of The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics from Goodreads for my honest review.

    An extremely informative read. Growing up in Wisconsin, taking Wisconsin history was a required course in High School. I wish we would have had this book to study from. This should be required reading and would be a great tool for the schools. Although brutally sad, this is such an important part of Wisconsin's history.