The Fall of Wisconsin: Dan Kaufman with William Finnegan
Where: New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863 Price: Free
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The story of political upheaval in the bluest state of the midwest.
For over a century Wisconsin had been known for its progressive ideas and government. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s democratic heritage was weakened, and the state swung right for the first time in 30 years in the 2016 presidential election. In The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics journalist and former Wisconsinite Dan Kaufman shows how the state’s progressive tradition was usurped. He traces the history that made Wisconsin so widely admired: the work of celebrated politicians, socialists, conservationists, and the state’s Native American tribes. He then demonstrates how Governor Scott Walker’s strategy pitted citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could better take control of state government, dismantling laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education. He then highlights the current efforts of those fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against the odds.
Kaufman will be joined in conversation by William Finnegan, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.
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