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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

  • Art

    Trump’s victory in Wisconsin embodied a national unraveling, writes Dan Kaufman in the prologue to this detailed and interesting socio-political history. He describes how Wisconsin went from a state admired as a laboratory of democracy to a testing ground for national conservatives.

    The swing began seventeen years ago when a Milwaukee County pension scandal forced the county executive, a Democrat, to retire. Walker won in the wake of that scandal as a conservative in a Democratic county. He prov
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  • 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.

  • Abbas Shah

    A depressing, insightful must-read for anyone looking to understand the role of big money, voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc., in turning a progressive bastion into a hotbed of reactionary thought and policies.

  • Joe

    There’s hope in this book, as odd as that may sound. It’s a sobering overview of the dismantling of a powerful political legacy, and it highlights many battles lost, but there are tiny beacons of hope. That’s what will stay with me as I head to the polls today.

  • Alex Abboud

    Very well done look at what’s happened in Wisconsin, and how a concerted effort from conservative donors and activists has undone much of the state’s traditional institutions and programs. Kaufman tells stories of activists and citizens on the ground phasing back, and also writes about Wisconsin’s history that built up its progressive institutions and its tradition of more moderate conservatism. It’s a book worth reading even if you’re not interested in Wisconsin itself, as he shows how the less ...more

  • Christine Anderson

    Such a lot of good information. I wanted to post on Facebook many of the quotes and other information in the book. I also want to buy a copy to read again, highlight sections and do more research to better understand my history, being born and raised in Wisconsin. I was finally able to understand much of my own ideas and feelings and where they came from. I do wish I would have understood this in high school and better realized my own identity. I’m recommending it to everyone, including the Norw ...more

  • 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!

  • 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.