The Wisconsin labor movement was forged in fire

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We continue our series on the struggles of teachers and public sector unions in the state of Wisconsin today. As part of a special collaboration between The Real News Network and In these times review for The Wisconsin Idea,” Max, Cameron Granadino (TRNN) and Hannah Faris (In these times) traveled to Wisconsin in the summer 2021. From Madison to Appleton, they spoke to a range of educators, organizers, scholars and activists fighting to rebuild workers’ power after the law’s devastating passage ten in 2011 under Republican Governor Scott Walker, and nearly 50 years after cops, townspeople and an anti-union school board ended the infamous Hortonville teachers’ strike in 1974. In this interview, recorded in the town of Hortonville, Max sits down with scholars Harvey J. Kaye and Jon Shelton to discuss the historical significance of Act tenthe Wisconsin uprising and the Hortonville strike that had set the stage for them decades earlier, and to examine how these pivotal events fit into the larger historical trajectory of the labor movement and progressive politics in Wisconsin.

Harvey J. Kaye is Emeritus Professor of Democracy & Justice Studies and director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; He is also the author of numerous books, including Thomas Paine and America’s Promise and Own Our History: Making America Radical Again. Jon Shelton is Associate Professor and Director of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW Green Bay, and he is the author of Teachers strike! Public Education and the Creation of a New American Political Order.

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  • Jules Taylor, The workers theme song”

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