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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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ross

    If you didn’t live through it, Kaufman gives a good recounting of how Walker et al used ALEC, the Koch brothers, attacks on unions, gerrymandering and voter ID laws to turn a state with a proud progressive tradition crimson red. What it leaves out, and I would love to learn about, is how the state’s progressives fell asleep in the lead up to the 2010 elections.

  • DJ Cheek

    A great analysis of the historical and political trends that made Wisconsin the laboratory for the conservative movement. Kaufman writes in a clear, readable style that illuminates the corrosive effect of right-to-work laws and Act 10 on working people and families. This book also serves as a searing indictment of the failures of the Democratic Party to act decisively against the onslaught perpetuated by Walker, AFP, ALEC, and big industry. I really enjoyed reading this book!