Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History

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This is the first full history of voting in Wisconsin from statehood in 1848 to the present. Fowler both tells the story of voting in key elections across the years and investigates electoral trends and patterns over the course of Wisconsin’s history. He explores the ways that ethnic and religious groups in the state have voted historically and how they vote today, and he looks at the successes and failures of the two major parties over the years. Highlighting important historical movements, Fowler discusses the ...

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Overview

This is the first full history of voting in Wisconsin from statehood in 1848 to the present. Fowler both tells the story of voting in key elections across the years and investigates electoral trends and patterns over the course of Wisconsin’s history. He explores the ways that ethnic and religious groups in the state have voted historically and how they vote today, and he looks at the successes and failures of the two major parties over the years. Highlighting important historical movements, Fowler discusses the great struggle for women’s suffrage and the rich tales of many Wisconsin third parties—the Socialists, Progressives, the Prohibition Party, and others. Here, too, are the famous politicians in Wisconsin history, such as the La Follettes, William Proxmire, and Tommy Thompson.
 
Winner, Award of Merit for Leadership in History, American Association for State and Local History

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“A fascinating look at the voting behavior of Wisconsinites, providing unique historical insight into how a relatively small, midwestern state became a presidential campaign target, how Jim Doyle has presided over a Democratic resurgence at the statehouse, how the underestimated Tommy Thompson came to dominate the state political scene, how the Progressives fell from power, and how the slavery issue impacted early voting in a new state. This very readable book manages to bring alive a myriad of statistics, weaving them into a narrative that dares to analyze without hyperbole or bias the impact that key racial and demographic groups, and their geographic bases, have at the ballot box. A must read for anybody interested in Wisconsin politics.”—Jeff Mayers, WisPolitics.com

“This work is certain to be a mainstay . . . in Wisconsin’s political history.”—Edward Miller, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299227449
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Booth Fowler is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also authored Enduring Liberalism: American Political Thought Since the 1960s and The Greening of Protestant Thought: 1970-1990.
 

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

1 From Statehood to Lincoln's Election 3

2 The Civil War and the Politics It Created: 1861-1888 33

3 The Decisive 1890s 63

4 The La Follette Progressive Era through 1914 83

5 Turbulent Years: Wisconsin in the Teens and Twenties 120

6 The New Deal and War: Transformations 142

7 The Emergence of the Modern Democratic Party and Modern Voting Patterns: 1948-1964 166

8 Electoral Stability in a Two-Party Politics: 1965-1998 186

9 The Current Scene: 2000 and Beyond 205

App. A Basic Data 243

App. B Methodological Essay 261

Notes 289

Bibliography 317

Index 339

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