The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper's Century Long Fight for Justice and Peace

By Dave Zweifel, John Nichols

Hardcover: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-87020-847-8

240 pages, 60 b&w photos, 8 x 9 An e-book edition is also available.


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Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award Winner! (2017 Council for Wisconsin Writers)

As Madison's Capital Times marks its 100th anniversary in 2017, editors Dave Zweifel and John Nichols recall the remarkable history of a newspaper that served as a the tribune of Robert M. La Follette and the progressive movement; earned the praise of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for its stalwart opposition to fascism; battled Joe McCarthy during the "Red Scare;" championed civil rights, women's rights, and LGBTQ rights; opposed the Vietnam War and the Invasion of Iraq; and stood with Russ Feingold when he cast the only US Senate vote against the Patriot Act. 

The Capital Times did not do this from New York or Washington but from the middle of America, with a readership of farmers, factory workers, teachers, and shopkeepers who stood by The Cap Times when the newspaper was boycotted, investigated, and attacked for its determination.

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Editor Emeritus Dave Zweifel has been associated with The Capital Times for more than 50 years and is one of the nation's most well-recognized and honored newspaper editors. He served as the president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council for 15 years. Zweifel has been a Pulitzer Prize judge and a regular participant in the national and international dialogues and debates about journalism. He was named to the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2011.

John Nichols has been associated with The Capital Times for more than 20 years; currently he is Associated Editor of the Opinion pages. He is a national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and is the author and coauthor of ten books. He received the 2013 Council of Wisconsin Writers Major Achievement Award. He is a commentator for the BBC and a guest on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad.