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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Securing the Future

Bascom Hill Historic District

 
 
Securing the Future Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
1. Securing the Future Marker
Inscription.  The Social Security system that became a cornerstone of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal was written by University of Wisconsin economist Edwin Witte, who served as an advisor to Roosevelt. Witte drew from deep Wisconsin roots. He based the new program largely on the ideas of University of Wisconsin researchers who had been demonstrating since the turn of the century how government could play a role in securing the well-being of its citizens. That Wisconsin school of thought helped rewrite this nation's labor laws and brought about such programs as unemployment insurance and the minimum wage law.
 
Erected 2001 by UW Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the University of Wisconsin series lists.
 
Location. 43° 4.491′ N, 89° 24.113′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from North Park Street
Bascom Hill image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
2. Bascom Hill
The heart of the University of Wisconsin, with Bascom Hall at the top.
. The marker is near the Law School building on Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 975 Bascom Mall, Madison WI 53706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. On the Air (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Character (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Grand Experiment (about 300 feet away); The First Dance (about 300 feet away); The School of Pharmacy (about 400 feet away); Global Vision (about 400 feet away); Leaders in Science (about 400 feet away); North Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Also see . . .  Edwin Witte - Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on June 26, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
View from Bascom Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
3. View from Bascom Hall
The State Capitol as seen from the top of Bascom Hill. State Street links state government and the state university.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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