Title

La Follette’s Autobiography: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Glorious

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2011

Publisher

Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era/Cambridge University Press

Abstract

La Follette's Autobiography: A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences is a remarkable primary document of the Progressive Era. Originally published in 1913, it remains in print today and has the dubious honor of being one of Richard Nixon's three favorite books. It illuminates the crucial role that La Follette's home state of Wisconsin played in molding La Follette as a man and as a politician, thereby influencing his national progressive agenda; but it also reveals much more.