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Conservative CounterrevolutionChallenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee$
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Tula A. Connell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039904

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039904.001.0001

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Milwaukee and Post-Liberal America

(p.175) Conclusion
Conservative Counterrevolution

Tula A. Connell

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter describes a historic “reversal” of state legislation in Wisconsin. The state's seemingly lightning-quick repeal of collective bargaining rights had stunned many commentators who pointed to its precedent-setting adoption of public-employee rights and long history of progressive politics. But the seeds had been planted decades before. The chapter then looks to the years following the legislation, as the postwar era through the 1950s encompassed a key transitional period for the nation, in which foundational issues such as civil rights, the role of government, and the challenges of a pluralistic society confronted the postwar status quo. In struggling to respond while at the same time shaping the course of governance, Zeidler wrestled with issues, the resolutions of which would determine the course of the next decades.

Keywords:   Frank Zeidler, postwar America, history in reverse, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, conservatism, progressive politics, 1950s, post-liberal America

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