Fighting Son: A Biography of Philip F. La Follette
By Jonathan Kasparek
352 pages, 34 b/w photos & 6 maps, 6 x 9"
Former Wisconsin governor Philip F. La Follette forged a political path characterized by his progressive, innovative vision. Growing up in the shadow of revered senator "Fighting Bob" La Follette made for a politically charged childhood and laid the groundwork for Phil's emergence as a powerful figure in Wisconsin politics. A gregarious and fiery politician, Phil's efforts led to the passage of the country's first unemployment compensation act, aid programs for workers and farmers, and the reorganization of state government.
This approachable, comprehensive book traces La Follette's journey through public office as well as his life after the waning of the Progressive era. Kasparek's treatment of this Fighting Son is a monument not only to La Follette but to progressive politics in Wisconsin.
Publication of this book was made possible in part by a gift from La Follette Godfrey & Kahn, Attorneys at Law. Additional funding was provided by a grant from the Amy Louise Hunter fellowship fund.