Tommy Thompson and the Conservative Revolution

As Wisconsin's economy expanded in the 1950s and 1960s, factories re-opened, cities flourished, and suburbs sprouted on land that had once been farming fields. After the demise of the Progressive Party in 1946, most of its members joined the Democratic Party. After Wisconsin Democrats reached their electoral peak in the 1970s, a major political shift began to take shape. As postwar economic prosperity gave way to sluggish economic growth and inflation, a new generation of conservative leaders with different ideas about the role and place of government in daily life rose to power.

The 1970s inflicted several blows to American confidence.... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: A parent's guide to model academic standards (1999)A parent's guide to model academic standards (1999)
Link to article: Governor Thompson delivers his final State of the State, 2001Governor Thompson delivers his final State of the State, 2001
Link to article: Governor Thompson introduces school choice, 1989Governor Thompson introduces school choice, 1989
Link to article: The Department of Public Instruction explains the purpose of academic standards (1999)The Department of Public Instruction explains the purpose of academic standards (1999)
Link to article: Governor Thompson introduces Model Academic Standards, 1997Governor Thompson introduces Model Academic Standards, 1997
Link to book: Governor Thompson introduces "the end of welfare" in 1996Governor Thompson introduces "the end of welfare" in 1996
Link to book: A report on W-2 programs seeks to improve education and training, 1998A report on W-2 programs seeks to improve education and training, 1998
Link to manuscript: Sen. William Proxmire uncovers wasteful government spending, 1975-1987Sen. William Proxmire uncovers wasteful government spending, 1975-1987
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