The Ethnic and Racial Side of Robert M. La Follette Sr.

  title={The Ethnic and Racial Side of Robert M. La Follette Sr.},
  author={J{\o}rn Br{\o}ndal},
  journal={The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era},
  pages={340 - 353}
  • Jørn Brøndal
  • Published 23 June 2011
  • History
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The conundrum of Progressive Era reform flowering simultaneously with the institutionalization of Jim Crow, the establishment of the Asiatic Barred Zone, and the introduction of European immigration restriction fascinates historians, even as it agitates them. From a contemporary, post-civil-rights-era perspective there is something deeply disturbing—and disappointing—about progressivism and racial and ethnic bigotry apparently going hand in hand. Was progressivism inherently racist and… 
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