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Progressive (Wikipedia)

Robert M. La Follette

La Follette and the Progressive Machine in Wisconsin

Read More About It

"The Decline of the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin, 1890-1920" by Herbert Margulies

"La Follette's magazine" by Fred L. Holmes

"Robert M. La Follette, progressive" by James Clark



Interesting Fact:

Among others, some of the leading social critics to be published in The Progressive include Helen Keller, Clarence Darrow, Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg and George Orwell.

Study Questions:

  • What were some of the issues the magazine campaigned for during its early history?
  • Why did La Follette begin publishing a weekly magazine?
  • What was La Follette's stance towards World War I?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 9:

    1788: Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    1793: Jean Pierre Blanchard flew in a hot air balloon between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

  • January 9

    January 9, 1909: The "Progressive" magazine was founded by Robert La Follette. For the first 20 years, the magazine was known as "La Follette's Weekly." The magazine's motto was "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

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