Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M. la Follette, Jr

Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M. la Follette, Jr

by Patrick J. Maney

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Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M. la Follette, Jr by Patrick J. Maney

United States senator "Young Bob" La Follette entered politics as a young reformer in the shadow of his legendary father, "Fighting Bob" La Follette. He made his own mark as a key architect of Roosevelt’s New Deal and as a champion of labor rights and civil liberties. But in 1946 he was unexpectedly unseated by Joseph McCarthy, whose rise to Cold War notoriety foreshadowed La Follette’s despair and suicide in 1953. This new edition updates the only full scale biography of La Follette,Jr., the first to exploit his voluminous collection of personal papers. Patrick J. Maney makes clear that Young Bob’s story is as relevant today as it was when he died. His life stands as dramatic evidence of how one of the most respected politicians of his time bridged the political spectrum and was admired by both liberals like FDR and Harry Truman and conservatives like Robert Taft and Richard Nixon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870203411
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Patrick J. Maney, a native of Wisconsin,  received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1969 and a doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1976. He worked in the Wisconsin Senate during the late 1970s and taught American history at Tulane University from 1980 to 1998. Currently the chair of the history department at the University of South Carolina, he is the author of The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Editionxi
1The Early Years, 1895-19163
2The Crisis Years18
3Apprenticeship and Succession29
4The Youngest Senator41
5Coming into His Own53
6Fighting the Depression76
7La Follette and the New Deal110
8Founding the Progressive Party133
9The Pressures of Political Life149
10"Digging Out the Rats"170
11Temporary Alliance189
12Concluding the Investigation210
13Deadly Parallel226
14The Difficult War Years251
15Congressional Reorganization272
17The Last Years, 1947-1953305
Bibliographical Note315

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