By Bob Kann
The most famous couple in Wisconsin politics, "Fighting Bob” La Follette and his wife, Belle Case La Follette, come to life in the pages of the newest addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. In an accessible format that includes historic images, a glossary of terms, and sidebars explaining political concepts, students learn about Progressive politics and reform in the early twentieth century through the experiences of this pioneering couple.
The father of "Progressive politics,” Bob La Follette was famous for digging in his heels when it came to reforming government corruption. He also gained a reputation for fiery speeches on the campaign trail and on the Senate floor. Belle La Follette was political in her own right. The first woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin’s Law School, she was an advocate for world peace and an agitator for the women’s vote. She was also Bob’s most trusted political adviser. Together, the couple raised a family and fought for the changes they believed would make the world a better place.
In these pages readers will learn about politics in Wisconsin 100 years ago. They will find out what it takes to run a successful campaign, and learn how Bob earned the nickname "Fightin’ Bob.” They will learn about local and national government as they watch Bob move from the governor’s chambers to a senate seat to a bid for the presidency. And they’ll understand more of women’s struggle to gain a public voice while still maintaining an active family life.