“But Fighting Bob’s righteous fervor was not without consequence, and he suffered politically as well as financially, physically, and emotionally from the enormous pressure he exerted on himself,” she added. Unger is the author of Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer, a comprehensive and compelling examination of La Follette’s personal life integrated with highlights of his complex career. Unger critically relied on documents from the Wisconsin Historical Society, which at the time required using the records on microfilm and travel to Wisconsin to study in the original – an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.
With racial tensions rife during this time in Washington, Belle “denounced segregationists, arguing that their actions violated principles of democracy, and she praised African Americans for their positive contributions to society,” wrote Dr. Access to primary source documents in the Women and Social Movements Library and History Vault’s La Follette Papers opens insight into the unique, ahead-of-its-time marriage of “Fighting Bob” and Belle La Follette as a partnership of intellectual equals. How interesting it would be to study recent issues of The Progressive alongside the documents from the La Follette Papers and see what themes emerge, and how La Follette’s legacy continues to inform and inspire progressive ideals. Unger’s essay and see additional resources for research into the Progressive Era, including a video that explores La Follette’s impact in The Progressive Era. (cta and link to landing page) The Progressive Era: Robert M. Digitized issues of The Progressive, dating back to 1988 up to the most recent copy, are available from Pro Quest Central, where a quick search reveals that La Follette continues to be frequently referenced in relation to political events and progressive issues of recent years, including the last U. ,”retains the old-school progressive faith of La Follette who warned more than a century ago that "the corporation of today has invaded every department of business, and its powerful but invisible hand is felt in almost all activities of life." Just as La Follette spoke of "the old fight" between a privileged few wielding crony capitalist power and the great many holding true to the American ideal that all men and women are created equal, Sanders takes the long view."Let's be honest and acknowledge what we are talking about," Sanders says. "We are talking about a rapid movement in this country toward a political system in which a handful of very wealthy people and special interests will determine who gets elected or who does not get elected. Alexander Street Media Rich Communications (Producer).