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Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation

The Madison Heritage Series

 
 
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By William J. Toman, April 22, 2016
1. Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation Marker
Inscription. In the early 20th century, experts from around the country came to study Wisconsin’s “laboratory of democracy.” The state’s Progressive politicians, led by “Fighting Bob”—Governor Robert La Follette Sr.—were using government in creative new ways. Progressives sought to improve the quality of people’s lives and to limit the power of large corporations.

Beginning in 1903, La Follette asked University of Wisconsin experts for help solving society’s problems. This innovative partnership was fundamental to a long-standing university tradition of public service, which became known as the Wisconsin Idea.

UW faculty in fields like economics, sociology and agriculture helped pioneer exciting ideas that changed everyday life for future generations of Americans. Unemployment compensation, primary elections and much of what became President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal are just some of the innovations America owes to the Wisconsin Idea.

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Charles Van Hise, University of Wisconsin president from 1903 to 1918, encouraged faculty to use their knowledge to better the state and the world. This stance, expressed in the motto “the boundaries of the campus are the boundaries of the state,” has endured as the Wisconsin Idea. But the true father of the Wisconsin Idea
Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 12, 2010
2. Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation Marker
Screen capture of the La Follette photo on the marker.
was a former UW president, the social-minded John Bascom, who taught both Van Hise and Robert La Follette Sr. As governor, La Follette worked with Van Hise to forge partnerships between government and the university. La Follette later became one of the most influential senators in U.S. history and was a leader in the Progressive Movement, which forever changed American life.
 
Erected 2006 by City of Madison.
 
Location. 43° 4.502′ N, 89° 23.91′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and North Murray Street when traveling east on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 728 State Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. University Presbyterian Church and Student Center (within shouting distance of this marker); State Historical Society (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armory & Gymnasium (about 400 feet away); A Stage for All (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); A Grand Experiment (about 700 feet away); Leaders in Science (about 700 feet away); Science Hall (about 700 feet away); Luther Memorial Chapel (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
More about this marker.
Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 22, 2016
3. Born in Madison, the Wisconsin Idea changed the nation Marker
This marker is part of the The Madison Heritage Series, Sharing Our Legacy, created for Madison's sesquicentennial. The marker was sponsored by the Madison Community Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M&I Bank.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers on the Wisconsin Idea and "Fighting Bob."
 
Also see . . .
1. The Wisconsin Idea. (Submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The Career of Robert M. La Follette - The Wisconsin Historical Society. (Submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
3. Robert M. La Follette, Sr. - The United States Senate. (Submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 25, 2016, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on July 12, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on July 25, 2016, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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