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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

  • Ben Brown

    Didn’t really acknowledge race like at all, except to quickly sweep it under the rug. Thought that was a major disservice considering Milwaukee is one of most segregated cities in America. And huge part of “divide and conquer” strategy. The labor and environment analysis as well as Wisconsin dark money was well worth the read. Though, again, some race analysis needed all over that.

  • Lisa

    Astonishing that we have allowed this to happen in our great state. Very disappointed in myself not to fight harder. Thank you to the author for his ten-year odyssey, watching and recording the spiral.

  • Holly

    It was tough to read this book. A lot of old wounds were opened but the insight reflected in this book can hopefully help Wisconsin regain what it once had.

  • Sue

    Excellent mini-view of why American Progressives need to rise up and protect democracy from moneyed interests. We must stop fascism from creeping, ever so slowly, into our government. No one is above the law!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Jordan

    A Wisconsin native, the first half of this book repeatedly made me cry (and, occasionally) scream with frustration. Kaufman wonderfully ties together the history of our great state with the reality of the looting that has happened in the last decade. However, there were points where I wanted to say, "okay, yes, feeling left behind or like they weren't heard was a major factor in rural residents voting for Trump, but also it was a lot of racism and sexism and homophobia and bigotry that produced ...more

  • 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