Fighting Bob la Follette: The Righteous Reformer / Edition 2

Fighting Bob la Follette: The Righteous Reformer / Edition 2

by Nancy C Unger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870204262

ISBN-13: 9780870204265

Pub. Date: 08/11/2008

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

Now in paperback with a new preface, this comprehensive biography weaves the triumph and the tragedy of the public and private lives of the most famous of Wisconsin leaders, Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette. As a U.S. representative, governor of Wisconsin, and U.S. Senator, La Follette's political legacies have been long lasting; among them are the

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Now in paperback with a new preface, this comprehensive biography weaves the triumph and the tragedy of the public and private lives of the most famous of Wisconsin leaders, Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette. As a U.S. representative, governor of Wisconsin, and U.S. Senator, La Follette's political legacies have been long lasting; among them are the election of senators by constituents, creation of the Department of Labor and the Federal Trade Commission, women's suffrage, and workers' compensation.
Through the personal letters, diaries, and documents of the La Follette family, Unger uses the private life of La Follette as a means for understanding the public figure. Thoroughly researched and documented, Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer is a testament to the progressive tradition in Wisconsin and its premier leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870204265
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date:
08/11/2008
Edition description:
2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
759,007
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface to the Paperback Edition     xi
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction: Dull Tools     1
Beginnings: Oh, My Idolized Father     7
Civil Wars: My Name Is La Follette     20
The University Years: Training for the Duties of Citizenship     31
Belle Case La Follette: Woman's Victory, Woman's Tragedy     47
La Follette and the Law: Everything Is Not Enough     69
Congressman La Follette: So Good a Fellow Even His Enemies Like Him     85
Citizen La Follette: Forced into the Fight     98
Governor La Follette and the Wisconsin Idea: Wisconsin Is a Happier and Better State to Live In     120
Senator La Follette: The Bogey-Man of the Senate     139
The Burdens of a Great Name: You Have Set an Almost Unattainable Goal for Us     153
No Longer the Lonely Man of the Senate: The Coming of a New Order of Things     180
Incident in Philadelphia: La Follette's Political Suicide     200
No Surrender: One Hardly Knows Whether to Pity La Follette or Admire His Bravery     221
World War I: A Little Group of Willful Men     239
Resurrection: Time and Events Are Bringing Things Your Way at Last     263
Final Battles: I Want to Die ... with My BootsOn     281
Epilogue: A Challenge to Youth in America Down All the Future Years     305
Notes     311
Bibliography     353
Index     371

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