Madison in the Sixties – the end of March 1960 More than a thousand students pack old Music Hall past legal capacity for Sen. John F Kennedy’s last local appearance before the April 5 presidential primary. University workers lock the doors, leaving several hundred students out in the snow – until one of them finds […]
Stu welcomes Stephen Coss, whose book The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics obviously has a very disturbing relevance. The fever was small pox, the infectious disease that killed, crippled or disfigured nearly one-tenth of all humankind in the three thousand years leading up to 1700, and in the 1600s […]
Madison, March second, 1960. It’s Ladies Day in the Wisconsin Presidential primary, as John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey send senatorial sisters and a spouse as distaff surrogates. Three of Kennedy’s four living sisters, half-way through a five-day tour of ten counties, stay overnight at the Edgewater, then embark on an 11-hour campaign of coffee […]
Madison, February 27, 1960 – the civil rights movement moves to the Capitol Square The sit-ins challenging segregation at the lunch counters of national chain stores in the deep South began in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. Before the month is over, the campaign prompts Madison’s first political demonstration of the decade— about […]
Getting the Dow Chemical Company to stop making the incendiary gel Napalm B for use in Vietnam became a priority for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) when the Ann Arbor chapter launched a protest campaign against the Michigan- based company in August 1966. Six months later, the Madison SDS steps up. Tuesday morning, February […]
A conversation with Brad Schreiber, whose new book “Music Is Power: Popular Music, Social Justice and the Will to Change,” is an annotated tour through a century of politically conscious music, from union songs to heavy metal, rock to rap.