As you may know, there was a famous and pivotal event in Madison and University of Wisconsin history of May 1969 known by some as the Mifflin Street Riot and by others as The Battle of Miffland, which spread to the UW campus and went on for three days and nights. This was during the […]
A firefighter falls, new housing for migrant workers, a new gun registration ordinance, and a twin tragedy in Vietnam. Just some of the events making news this week in Madison in the Sixties. The second week of January January 8, 1966 – Fireman Daniel P. Parkinson Jr., 33, dies of smoke inhalation when a falling […]
December 27, 2018 A look back at some of our favorite reports from 2018, including the Draft Sit-In, a new tactic in civil rights activism, and panty raids out of control. December 31, 2018 A look back at 1968’s big stories in civil rights and antiwar protest, including the memorial service for Rev. Martin Luther […]
For today’s episode, Allen chats with author and historian Stu Levitan about his new book Madison in the Sixties. They discuss how the political climate and resistance movements of the ’60s can have valuable lessons for our time as well, including the effects of urban renewal, race relations, the role of protesting and civil disobedience, and […]
The third week of July, 1961 through. Harvard professor discusses the difficulties of negotiating with communists on disarmaments. Freedom riders imprisoned in Mississippi. Controversial topless bathing suits are challenged by city officials. Dutch Elm Disease is under control. The Regents institute harsh rules, up to expulsion, banning any intentional conduct that interferes with school activities.
Six years after the 15 million dollar University expressway was proposed city crews raced to open the first small element and make it in time for Homecoming. Two weeks later on November 18th the first phase opens with four lanes University Avenue one way westbound from Broom Street to Breeze Terrace with an east bound […]