Wisconsin Votes : An Electoral History

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-21
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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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 Wisconsinrs"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 womenrs"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

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
From Statehood to Lincoln's Electionp. 3
The Civil War and the Politics It Created: 1861-1888p. 33
The Decisive 1890sp. 63
The La Follette Progressive Era through 1914p. 83
Turbulent Years: Wisconsin in the Teens and Twentiesp. 120
The New Deal and War: Transformationsp. 142
The Emergence of the Modern Democratic Party and Modern Voting Patterns: 1948-1964p. 166
Electoral Stability in a Two-Party Politics: 1965-1998p. 186
The Current Scene: 2000 and Beyondp. 205
Basic Datap. 243
Methodological Essayp. 261
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 339
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