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"The Progressive Years, 1901-1933" by Rose Blue

"America and the Progressive Era, 1900-1917" by Fon Wyman Boardman

"The History of Wisconsin, Volume IV, The Progressive Era, 1893-1914" by John D. Buenker

Vocabulary:

delayed
progressive
liberal


Interesting Fact:

La Follette represents Wisconsin in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.


Study Questions:

  • Why did La Follette delay in taking his U.S. Senate seat?
  • How many years did La Follette represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate?
  • What are some examples of the liberal legislation La Follette worked on while in the Senate?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Robert La Follette:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 25:

    1890: Nellie Bly, a reporter for the New York World, completes a round-the-world journey in 72 days.
    1915: The beginning of transcontinental telephone service begins with a phone call from Alexander Graham Bell.
    1961: The first presidential news conference carried live by television and radio.



  • January 25

    January 25, 1905: Robert La Follette was elected to the U.S. Senate, but delayed taking his seat until January 1906. Once there, La Follette became a leader of the progressive senators, pushing the administration towards more liberal legislation.


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