Author
Cooper, John Milton Jr.
Title
Why Wisconsin? The Badger State in the Progressive Era
Series
Wisconsin Magazine of History, 87:3, Spring 2004, pp 14-25
Publisher
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
City
Madison
Date
2004
Original Date
Libraries
LOW, MAD
URL
Comments
"It is popular to regard reform and political creativity as products of large-minded harmony and consensus. But the opposite was the case with Wisconsin progressivism. The very sharpness of these divisions emboldened the winners, La Follette and his Progressives, to push further in the direction of reform. The 'Wisconsin Idea' of drawing on the intellectual expertise of the University of Wisconsin to create and run independent commissions in such areas as banking, insurance, and natural resources, emerged from these heady days [~1904] of combat and victory." [P. 22, col. 2]