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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568587035
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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: 13 - 18 Years

About 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.