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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, 2001  Governor Thompson delivers his final State of the State, 2001
Link to article: Governor Thompson introduces school choice, 1989  Governor 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, 1997  Governor Thompson introduces Model Academic Standards, 1997
Link to book: Governor Thompson introduces "the end of welfare" in 1996  Governor Thompson introduces "the end of welfare" in 1996
Link to book: A report on W-2 programs seeks to improve education and training, 1998  A report on W-2 programs seeks to improve education and training, 1998
Link to manuscript: Sen. William Proxmire uncovers wasteful government spending, 1975-1987  Sen. William Proxmire uncovers wasteful government spending, 1975-1987

Primary Sources Available Elsewhere

Link to article: A resource guide to W-2  A resource guide to W-2
Link to article: A description of Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards  A description of Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards
Link to article: Recipient and Employer information on BadgerCare  Recipient and Employer information on BadgerCare
Link to article: Information on the school-choice program in Milwaukee  Information on the school-choice program in Milwaukee
Link to article: An examination of the effectiveness of the school-choice program  An examination of the effectiveness of the school-choice program
Link to book: Wisconsin Blue Books  Wisconsin Blue Books
Link to images: Images of Tommy Thompson  Images of Tommy Thompson

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