Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M La Follette, Jr.

Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M La Follette, Jr.
Young Bob: A Biography of Robert M La Follette, Jr.
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By Patrick Maney

Any list of best United States senators would have to include "Young Bob" La Follette (1895-1953), the son of four-time Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator "Fighting Bob" La Follette, who entered politics at the age of thirty, an easy victor in the special primary held to fill his father's seat upon his death. Young Bob served as the principal architect of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, devoting his career to labor rights and civil liberties and writing legislation that endures to the present day.

Patrick J. Maney, a native of Wisconsin,  received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1969 and a doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1976. He worked in the Wisconsin Senate during the late 1970s and taught American history at Tulane University from 1980 to 1998. Currently the chair of the history department at the University of South Carolina, he is the author of "The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).