La Follette and the Progressive Era
It is difficult to study about the Progressive Era without seeing references to the model of progressive reform - Wisconsin. The state gained this reputation by initiating substantial legislative reforms and their subsequent promotion by forward-thinking leaders. Robert M. La Follette's charisma and drive, as governor, encouraged an environment open to change in the state and helped institute legislative reforms. After his election to the U.S. Senate, La Follette showcased Wisconsin as the shining example of progressive reforms and was never far removed home-state politics. This collection of primary source materials will help your students explore La Follette's contribution to the Progressive Era. La Follette and the Progressive Era contains two components that feature political cartoons, La Follette's speeches, and suggested teaching activities.
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