Todd J. Fulda

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Andrew Dunar

Committee Member

John Kvach

Committee Member

James H. Isbell


Progressivism (United States politics), Wisconsin--Politics and government--1848-1950


This thesis examines the Progressive and Socialist movements both on the national scene and in the state of Wisconsin to discover their similarities and differences. The analysis relies upon extensive primary sources including newspapers and archival documents as well as secondary sources including books and journal articles to answer this question. Ultimately, the information provided by these sources shows that the Progressive and Socialist Movements in Wisconsin both developed their own, distinctive ideologies and methods that were often quite divergent from their parent movements on the national level. The Badgers of Reform argues that these differences were key factors in helping Wisconsin Progressivism and Socialism survive through the 1920s while the national movements died out in the wake of World War I.



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