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Author Connell, Tula A., 1960-

Title Conservative counterrevolution : challenging liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee / Tula A. Connell
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series The working class in American history
Working class in American history.
Contents A liberal in city government -- The media makes the message -- Public or private? : the battle over Channel 10 -- Let the people vote -- Race, class, free enterprise, and suburbia -- Collective action and the threat to free enterprise -- Public interest vs. public employees
Summary "Milwaukee in the 1950s seemingly embodied the postwar liberal consensus that subscribed to a continuation of the New Deal order. However, beneath this superficial consensus bubbled an ideological ferment of conservatism. Despite the widespread national acceptance of economic policies advanced in response to the Depression, conservatives staged a grassroots resurgence during the 1950s that went beyond the intellectual movement of that time. Fueled first by opposition to government involvement in shaping economic priorities and then by resistance to employee challenges for broader workplace rights, this response preceded and at times became indistinguishable from the race-based reaction identified by many scholars as launching the conservative movement in the 1960s. Through an examination of the major challenges facing a midcentury urban mayor, Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler, this study explores how historical trends often documented at the national level--reemergence of a conservative movement, the evolution from class politics to rights politics, the question of race, the struggle by public-sector employees to attain bargaining rights, the role of corporate-led efforts to influence public opinion--took shape at the local level"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Zeidler, Frank P.
Conservatism -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Liberalism -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Mayors -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- Biography.
Social conflict -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Social movements -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee -- History -- 20th century.
Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0252098064 (electronic bk)
9780252098062 (electronic bk)