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Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit
David P. Thelen
Edited by Oscar Handlin


Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit is a closely argued, lively, and very readable biography of the central figure in the American Progressive movement. Wisconsin's "Fighting Bob" La Follette embodied the very heart of Progressive setiment and principle, and was a powerful force in shaping national political events between the eras of Populism and the New Deal.

"Thelen has pitched the historical debate over insurgency-progressivism on a new level which, while it will stir much controversy, is bound to stimulate further scholarship. Historians can ignore this study only at their own peril. Future writings on Progressivism, whether or not they agree with Thelen's work, must come to grips with it. Higher praise can hardly be accorded a work by any scholar."—Reviews in American History

David P. Thelen received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Indiana University Department of History who has written several critically acclaimed books on turn-of-the-20th century Progressivism.

Oscar Handlin
is the Carl M Loeb University Professor, Emeritus at Harvard University. Handlin won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1952 with The Uprooted.

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Profile Portait of Fightin' Bob LaFollette

June 1990

LC: 85-040844 E
224 pp.  5 x 7 3/4

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ISBN 978-0-299-10644-7
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