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Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee

Tula A. Connell


In the 1950s, Milwaukee's strong union movement and socialist mayor seemed to embody a dominant liberal consensus that sought to continue and expand the New Deal. This book explores how business interests and political conservatives arose to undo that consensus, and how the resulting clash both shaped a city and helped redefine postwar American politics. The book focuses on Frank Zeidler, the city's socialist mayor. Zeidler's broad concept of the public interest at times defied even liberal expectations. At the same time, a resurgence of conservatism with roots presaging twentieth-century poli ... More

Keywords: postwar American politics, Milwaukee, Frank Zeidler, public interest, conservatism, public housing, integration, civil rights, anti-union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039904
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tula A. Connell, author