Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street

Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street

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by John Nichols
     
 

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On February 11, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees and teachers. In response, people rose up in mass protest, and Wisconsin became a reference point for a renewal of labor militancy and radical politics. These protests elicited extensive national media coverage, and drew more attention

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On February 11, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees and teachers. In response, people rose up in mass protest, and Wisconsin became a reference point for a renewal of labor militancy and radical politics. These protests elicited extensive national media coverage, and drew more attention from the general public than any American labor struggle in decades.

John Nichols’s Uprising traces the roots of this struggle—which has faced legislative disappointments, legal challenges, and dramatic electoral twists and turns—and in the process reveals how Scott Walker rose to national prominence and went on to become a frontrunner in the Republican race for the nomination in 2016. At a time when public services are under assault from corporate privatizers and billionaire political donors, the public repudiation of Walker’s efforts (and the shadowy interests like the Koch Brothers behind them) has translated into a broader challenge to corporate America, Wall Street, the far Right, and its media echo chamber.

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KIRKUS

“An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011…. [T]his book is well researched and full of keen insights about the state of organized labor and the power of protest…. Nichols is a capable and energetic narrator with a reporter’s knack for getting to the heart of the matter….Richly detailed and inspiring—worth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.”

Michael Moore

"John Nichols recognized right away that the fight in Wisconsin was about a lot more than one state. It was the fight we had all been waiting for, the one where people say 'We have had it!' John didn't just tell us what was happening in Wisconsin. He told us that what was happening in Wisconsin could happen anywhere."


 
Rev. Jesse Jackson


“I have such respect for the way John Nichols gets into a story, with his sense of history, his broad perspective and his passion for telling the stories of real people involved in real struggles. That’s what he has brought to the story of the Wisconsin struggle, and of the renewal of labor and social justice movements in America.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
“We will look back at 2011 as the moment we started the march to a more perfect union—a resurgence of the labor and social justice movements fighting for economic dignity and fairness for all. No one recounts this with as much insight and passion as John Nichols.”

Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)

“One of the most inspiring aspects of Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books) is the reporting from Ground Zero of last year’s protests. Author John Nichols…gives a more positive, exuberant and truthful picture of what happened than the view through the slanted lens of the mainstream media….Uprising is a strong antidote to local TV newscasters who painted the protesters as an unruly mob rather than citizens united against policies that might leave us in a poorer country than the one we thought was our birthright.”

Kirkus Reviews
An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011 in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. As a political writer for the Nation and associate editor of Madison's Capital Times, Nichols (The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism, 2011, etc.) covered the protests in Wisconsin from the beginning. Growing out of that coverage, this book is well researched and full of keen insights about the state of organized labor and the power of protest. Nichols makes no secret of his perspective on the protests: "I am not an unbiased observer, and this is not an unbiased account." He is an unabashedly pro-labor progressive and longtime Wisconsinite with "a relative, living or dead, in every crossroads town from Green Bay to Grant County, from Mineral Point to Madison, from Owen to Oshkosh." Though his sympathies are apparent, his overall tone is more philosophical than polemical; his aim is not to reiterate the demands of the Wisconsin protesters but to explore the implications of their protest. Nichols compares the events in Wisconsin to the 2011 uprising in Egypt and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also provides important historical context, including discussions of Thomas Paine and James Madison, which sheds new light on the political struggles of today. Despite occasional repetition and high-flown rhetoric, Nichols is a capable and energetic narrator with a reporter's knack for getting to the heart of the matter. Richly detailed and inspiring--worth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568587035
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written The Nation's Online Beat since 1999, is their Washington DC correspondent, and contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times. He is also the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the co-author of The Death and Life of American Journalism and Dollarocracy. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. Nichols lives in Madison, WI and Washington DC.

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Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HeartlandreaderWI More than 1 year ago
In this short, concise book, Nichols has provided a solid primer of the history of the labor movement, especially in Wisconsin, my home state. It is a scholarly work written in plain language and Nichols weaves the amazing history of labor here with the story of the current fight to regain the right to organize. Nichols eminently accomplishes his goal of explaining "What's going on in Wisconsin?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Nichols is the voice of the progressive movement in this country.
zonefour More than 1 year ago
Mr. Nichols was there when events were unfolding in Wisconsin. The fight began in Wisconsin and spread across the country and world. Mr. Nichols ties it all together in an understandable manner. I highly recommend this book.
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MJS98 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most poorly written books i've ever had the misfortune to read It is filled with spelling and grammatical errors..it is disjointed going from topic to topic Much of it appears to be fantasy and conjecture, the other parts lies and distortions Really poorly written A waste of time, energy and trees
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So how did that Walker recall work out anyway? Boring biased and dated.