The Battle for Wisconsin: Scott Walker and the Attack on the Progressive Tradition

The Battle for Wisconsin: Scott Walker and the Attack on the Progressive Tradition

by Andrew E. Kersten
     
 

This past January, the newly elected governor Scott Walker declared war on Wisconsin's progressive roots. Under the guise of budget repair, he and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature introduced a whole host of initiatives meant to roll back hard-won gains for workers and recast the role of government in the state to fit his own conservative ideology.

Overview

This past January, the newly elected governor Scott Walker declared war on Wisconsin's progressive roots. Under the guise of budget repair, he and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature introduced a whole host of initiatives meant to roll back hard-won gains for workers and recast the role of government in the state to fit his own conservative ideology.

In The Battle for Wisconsin, the labor historian Andrew E. Kersten shows just how far-reaching these "reforms" really are—and why they fly in the face of the state's long progressive tradition. Kersten is a Wisconsin native, a product of the state's renowned public education system that is now under attack. In this eye-opening new book, he takes us back to the days of the robber barons, explaining why our forefathers fought so hard for real reform in the Progressive Era and why those principles are worth protecting today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809029402
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
219 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew E. Kersten is the Frankenthal Professor of History in the Department of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. His most recent book, Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast, now available in hardcover and eBook from Hill and Wang.


Andrew E. Kersten is a professor of history in the Department of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of Race, Jobs, and the War; A. Philip Randolph; Labor’s Home Front; and The Battle for Wisconsin (e-book).

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