The History of Wisconsin Volume IV: The Progressive Era, 1893-1914

By John D. Buenker

Hardcover: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-87020-303-9

756 pages, 57 b/w photos and illus., 1 map, 6 x 9"


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This volume describes reforms relating to politics, voting, education, workplace, women and children, and minorities. What came to be called "the Progressive Era" was in many respects the most important in Wisconsin's modern history. It was during this era that "the Wisconsin Idea" was articulated, making Wisconsin known nationally and internationally as a "laboratory of democracy." The volume also describes the sweeping changes that occurred in Wisconsin's agricultural communities and industry and manufacturing sectors during this time.

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The History of Wisconsin Volume III: The Progressive Era, 1893-1914
Table of Contents
Note on Citations
1. The Paradox of Progress
2. Becoming America's Dairyland
3. Industrial Transformations
4. Urbanism, Crisis, and Reform
5. Natives and Newcomers
6. Redefining Work
7. A Passions for Newness and for System
8. Education for Progress
9. On the Eve of Reform
10. The Advent of La Follette
11. Reform Ascendant
12. The Most Progressive State
13. Wisconsin Ideas
14. Disintegration and Legacy
Essay on Sources

John D. Buenker is an emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His many books include "Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era;" "Progressivism;" and "Urban Liberalism and Progressive Reform."