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La Follette and the Progressive Era

Have you ever been so mesmerized by a speaker that you lose track of time? Historians consider Progressive Era politician Robert M. La Follette, one of the great 20th century orators. He frequently gave speeches allowing him to have constant contact with the citizens of Wisconsin. This component focuses on one of La Follette's "well-known" speeches, "The Danger Threatening Representative Government." When using this primary resource and the additional supporting materials, students will not only be able to learn more about the ideals of La Follette and the Progressive Era, but they will gain insights about great orators and understand the rhetorical roots of modern day politicians.

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