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Subject:
La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press (La Crosse, Wis.)
Editorials -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
World War, 1939-1945 -- Public opinion -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Creator:
Erickson, Darryle
Description:
Adolph Hitler, Chancellor of Germany, spent the years 1933-1939 preparing his nation for war, He spent the years 1939-1945 in war; in the process he caused millions of deaths and destroyed much of European society. In addition, in defeat he gave the Russians an unparalleled opportunity to dominate Europe and Asia. The purpose of this study is to determine editorial opinion on the coming of World War II as expressed in the area newspaper. The paper examined was the La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press, edited by R. L. Bangsberg, with Sunday editorials by M. R. Byers, from October, 1933 to December, 1941. A reading of this newspaper reveals several tendencies clearly. The editorials leaned toward a policy of strict isolation from the beginning of Germany's rearmament, through the Anschluss, the Munich Conference, the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the attack on Poland, the Soviet Union's invasion of Finland, and the conquest of Denmark and Norway. On the occasion of Hitler's invasion and conquest of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg, the editorials softened the voice of isolation as rumblings for preparedness for war began to appear in them. The battles of France and Britain brought an awareness of the possibility that the United States might enter the war. The editorial voice urged and approved the war preparations the selection of a war cabinet, the destroyer-base exchange, the passage of the first peace time draft law, President Roosevelt's Four Freedom's speech and the Lend-Lease Act. As Hitler won more victories America moved closer to the brink of war in 1941. After Germany's conquest of Greece and Yugoslavia, the signing of the Russo-Japanese Neutrality Treaty, the freeze on Axis funds, the attack on Russia, and the Atlantic meeting of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, the editorials fully recognized that the United States was on the verge of complete participation in the war and gave approval.
UW-L Seminar Paper
Subject:
Press and politics -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Republican Party (Wis.) -- History
Elections -- Wisconsin
Wisconsin -- Politics and government -- 1848-1950
La Follette, Robert M. -- 1855-1925
Creator:
McQuin, James M.
Description:
The year 1904 produced a political battle in the Wisconsin Republican party that would affect the state's future for nearly a decade thereafter. The Republican party in Wisconsin was split into two factions in the late 1890's. Former Congressman Robert M. LaFollette's faction, the "insurgents" or "half-breeds" was opposed by the dominant Republican faction known as the "stalwarts." The 1904 gubernatorial campaign in the state of Wisconsin produced emotional factionalism in the state Republican party which spread into every community. The purpose of this study is to examine the editorial opinion expressed in three La Crosse, Wisconsin newspapers during the gubernatorial campaign of 1904 and, in so doing, to determine the position taken by each paper concerning the state Republican party strife and the key issues of the campaign. The three newspapers are the La Crosse Chronicle, the La Crosse Leader-Press and the La Crosse Tribune. A short overview of the 1904 campaign and election is followed by an examination of the editorial content of the three newspapers during the period from January 14, 1904 to November 9, 1904. The examination revealed several tendencies. First, the Leader-Press maintained a neutral stand on the gubernatorial campaign, but endorsed the primary election law referendum. Second, the Chronicle supported the stalwart candidates and denounced the primary election law referendum. Third, the Tribune initially maintained an independent political opinion but eventually abandoned that position and supported the Democratic Party and it's candidates. The Tribune argued that the primary election law referendum was not a political issue in the campaign.
UW-L Seminar Paper
Author:
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
Subject:
Editorials
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1912
La Crosse Leader-Press (La Crosse, Wis.)
La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.)
Governors -- Wisconsin -- Election
Creator:
Birch, Charles W.
Description:
UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper
Description:
Taylor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in August 1857, to Amanda Hines, a free black woman. Taylor later reported that his father was Nathan Taylor, a slave. Hines was forced to leave Arkansas in 1859 as a consequence of a new law which required all free blacks to leave the state by 1 January 1860 or be sold as slaves. Hines died in Alton, Illinois, in 1861 or 1862, and young George was forced to live in “dry goods boxes” and fend for himself. In 1865 when he arrived in La Crosse, Wisconsin, onboard the “Hawkeye State,” a side-paddle vessel then operating on the upper Mississippi River. Taylor lived in La Crosse only one or two years, after which he was “bound out” to Nathan Smith of rural West Salem where he lived until he reached the age of 20 years. He attended Wayland University in Beaver Dam from 1877 to 1879, after which he settled in La Crosse and in the employ of Marcus “Brick” Pomeroy, editor of Pomeroy’s Democrat. From 1880 to 1885, Taylor wrote for several local papers and contributed articles to the Chicago Inter Ocean. In 1885, he was the editor of a newspaper supported financially by Frank “White Beaver” Powell, and eventually became an important player in Powell’s first two terms as mayor of La Crosse. Lastly, In 1886 and 1887, Taylor became a crucial figure and office holder in Wisconsin’s People’s Party and then its Union Labor Party. His Wisconsin Labor Advocate was the voice of Wisconsin’s labor party in 1886-1887. From 1891 to 1910, Taylor lived in Oskaloosa and Ottumwa, Iowa, where he published a national magazine called the Negro Solicitor. During this period he rose to prominence in national black politics, acting as president of the National Colored Men’s Protective Association and the National Negro Democratic League and served high office in various other black organizations. In 1904, Taylor was selected to lead the ticket of the National Negro Liberty Party for the office of president of the United States. From 1910 to 1925, Taylor retreated from the national stage and lived an active life in Jacksonville, Florida.
Library guide created by UWL, Murphy Library that contains links to primary as well as secondary sources
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.). Police Dept. -- History
Justice, Administration of -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Creator:
Layton, Gerald A.
Description:
In its early years, La Crosse, Wisconsin, was a typical frontier river town. Its tough and troublesome citizenry filled the police records with tales of crime and violence. This paper discusses the activities of the police court, the men who served as police justice, and the newspapers' attempts to start a campaign to purge the city of its evil-doers. The morals of La Crosse declined with the morals of the woods, as the lumberjacks and rivermen came to the city and spent their money on whisky and women. La Crosse had plenty of both to offer. As early as 1857, the residents of the city organized a vigilance committee to deal with its less than honorable segment of society. By 1862, the demand for law and order had resulted in the establishment of a police court whose task was to administer justice to La Crosse's numerous lawbreakers. The police court had the criminal jurisdiction of a justice of the peace within the limits of the city and exclusive jurisdiction of offenses against the ordinances of the city of La Crosse. From 1862 to 1882, four men served as police justices for the city. August Steinlein served as acting justice when the elected police justice could not perform his duties. These men handled over 8,000 cases ranging from the simplest misdemeanor to the heinous crime of murder. The Justice of the Police Court could fine and/or imprison persons guilty of breaking the law or refer a criminal to a higher court if the offense warranted such legal action. Without the police court and the men who served as police justices, La Crosse's transition from a frontier river town to an orderly, law-abiding community by 1885 may not have been possible.
UW-L Seminar Paper
Author:
Northern Illinois University
Subject:
Pomeroy, Mark M. 1833-1896
Newspaper publishing -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Biography
Creator:
Ruth A. Tucker
Description:
A PhD dissertation completed in 1979 by Ruth Anne Tucker about Marcus M. "Brick" Pomeroy, noted newspaper publisher, writer, editor, and political activist.
Photocopy of typescript. Ann Arbor : University Microfilms, 1981. -- iv, 374 leaves ; 21 cm.; Thesis (Ph.D.)--Northern Illinois University, 1979.; Bibliography: leaves [356]-374.
Subject:
La Crosse (WIs.)--Newspapers
La Crosse (WIs.)--History
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Copperhead movement
Newspaper editors--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Pomeroy, Mark M. (Mark Mills), 1833-1896
Wisconsin--Politics and government--1861-1865
Creator:
Harry Frederick Bangsberg 1928-1967
Description:
Marcus Mills Pomeroy or "Brick" Pomeroy is the subject of this thesis. He was the editor of the La Crosse Democrat newspaper who sided with Democrat extremists against Abraham Lincoln curing the Civil War.
"A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Course 16:273 in the Department of History in the Graduate College of the State University of Iowa."
Author:
publisher not identified
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Knutson, Milo G, 1917-
Mayors--Wisconsin--La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)--Politics and government
Description:
a booklet created for campaign purposes giving a glimpse into Milo Knutson's work and political life that includes La Crosse business advertising; Knutson served as news director for WKTY radio and was mayor of La Crosse from 1955-1965 after which he turned his attention to the Wisconsin State Senate, serving there as a Republican from 1969-1977
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Purcell, Gene P -- Interviews
WLSU (Radio station : La Crosse, Wis.)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Radio stations -- Employees
Radio producers and directors -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Public radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
00:00:40 -- Introduction to radio, 1972
00:02:17 -- machines replace disc jockeys
00:03:32 -- Note: explicit language
00:03:45 -- Changes in La Crosse radio
00:15:10 -- Corporations bring in own radio disc jockeys
00:18:25 -- Return to La Crosse radio, 1986
00:20:25 -- Development of the La Crosse University station
00:22:43 -- Local artists' involvement with radio
00:24:03 -- New artists' and radio air time
00:26:10 -- Funding
00:30:16 -- Public radio audience
00:31:06 -- Note: Unintelligible question
00:33:37 -- Pirate radio stations
00:34:46 -- Public radio vs. commercial radio
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haraldson, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Clubs -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Westby (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 2. 00:00:40 -- Family history, immigration from Norway
00:01:20 -- Saw mills, family occupation
00:04:00 -- Railways, Coon Valley, 1900s
00:07:00 -- Ford Motor Company, Coon Valley
00:8:45 -- Postal worker, 1910s
00:11:00 -- Earliest memories, La Crosse
00:12:45 -- Father's occupation, blacksmith
00:13:30 -- Reasons for immigration to the U.S., family in La Crosse
00:16:15 -- Family income and standard of living
00:18:00 -- Boyhood, La Crosse
00:20:45 -- Popular attractions, La Crosse
00:25:15 -- The Great Depression, local strain
00:28:30 -- Recreation activities, steamboat river rides and dances
00:31:10 -- La Crosse fair
00:32:15 -- Grade school
00:33:50 -- Farm technologies, horse and buggy, outhouses
00:36:20 -- Newspaper delivery, press industry
00:37:45 -- Memorable teachers
00:41:45 -- Business college vs. public schooling
00:43:45 -- La Crosse Tribune, postmaster
00:47:30 -- Quality of education, Tomah business college
00:53:00 -- Progressive ideals, business college
00:54:00 -- Circus acts, La Crosse
00:57:15 -- Segregation, Native Americans
**00:56:30 to 00:58:45 bad audio quality
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haraldson, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Clubs -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Westby (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 2.
00:04:34 -- Haraldson's store catches fire
00:07:14 -- Comparing Norway to United States
00:11:42 -- Personal life and family
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 4. 00:00:40 -- Family history, immigration from Norway
00:01:20 -- Saw mills, family occupation
00:04:00 -- Railways, Coon Valley, 1900s
00:07:00 -- Ford Motor Company, Coon Valley
00:8:45 -- Postal worker, 1910s
00:11:00 -- Earliest memories, La Crosse
00:12:45 -- Father's occupation, blacksmith
00:13:30 -- Reasons for immigration to the U.S., family in La Crosse
00:16:15 -- Family income and standard of living
00:18:00 -- Boyhood, La Crosse
00:20:45 -- Popular attractions, La Crosse
00:25:15 -- The Great Depression, local strain
00:28:30 -- Recreation activities, steamboat river rides and dances
00:31:10 -- La Crosse fair
00:32:15 -- Grade school
00:33:50 -- Farm technologies, horse and buggy, outhouses
00:36:20 -- Newspaper delivery, press industry
00:37:45 -- Memorable teachers
00:41:45 -- Business college vs. public schooling
00:43:45 -- La Crosse Tribune, postmaster
00:47:30 -- Quality of education, Tomah business college
00:53:00 -- Progressive ideals, business college
00:54:00 -- Circus acts, La Crosse
00:57:15 -- Segregation, Native Americans
**00:56:30 to 00:58:45 bad audio quality
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 4.
00:00:30 -- Barley Brewery
00:02:20 -- Community disrespect of Native Americans
00:05:45 -- Family farm, Retreat, WI, 1909
00:08:00 -- Community diversity, La Crosse
00:11:30 -- Local opinions of race
00:14:30 -- Interracial marriage
00:18:15 -- River and lumber industry, crime associations
00:19:20 -- Goosetown, criminal reputation
00:20:30 -- Police and courts system, La Crosse
00:23:50 -- "Body houses", wine rooms
00:25:25 -- Gambling houses
00:30:35 -- City gambling policies
00:32:30 -- Anti-German sentiments, World War One, 1914-1918
00:40:00 -- Local business owners; saw mills, breweries, electrical, etc.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 3 of 4.
00:00:15 -- First automobiles, La Crosse
00:01:50 -- Horse and buggy, restrictions and popularity
00:08:00 -- Local business competitors
00:11:50 -- Presidential influence on local economy, President McKinley to President Theodore Roosevelt
00:13:15 -- Development of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
00:15:30 -- La Crosse Normal School
00:19:40 -- Horse and buggy racing, West avenue, La Crosse
00:23:00 -- Hoeschler family, drug store and realtor business
00:33:30 -- Post office experiences, interactions with the community members
00:41:15 -- La Crosse Clinic, Dr. Gunderson
00:46:40 -- Smith family, local businesses
00:55:00 -- Postmaster general and political views
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 4 of 4.
00:00:30 -- History of the post office, 1844 to 1971
00:02:15 -- La Crosse Historical Society, 1889
00:05:00 -- Postmaster General, duties and protocol
00:08:20 -- First building in La Crosse, Myrick building, 1842
00:09:00 -- Opinions of privatized post office
00:14:00 -- Post office catalogs, security methods
00:22:00 -- Family occupations, plumbing
00:24:30 -- Community politics, goals of local politicians
00:34:20 -- Advertising at the post office
00:37:45 -- Influential community members
00:39:40 -- Inflation effects, La Crosse
00:41:20 -- City Hall meetings, progressive ideals
00:42:00 -- Presidential visits, Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft
00:43:00 -- Attempted assassination, Theodore Roosevelt
00:47:15 -- The Great Depression, pay cuts, suicides, soup lines
00:51:50 -- Corruption in police force
00:53:20 -- Feelings towards Jewish people and culture
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Tape 1 of 2.
00:00:20 -- Early education, politics
00:03:50 -- Politicians, local
00:10:08 -- Business, lumber
00:11:00 -- County supervisor, elected
00:11:45 -- County Board, issues
00:13:50 -- Great Depression, 1929
00:17:40 -- Bootlegging
00:20:00 -- Wages
00:21:58 -- Courthouse
00:23:30 -- Running for United States Congress
00:25:50 -- Political campaigns
00:28:50 -- Democrats
00:32:20 -- Quality of life
00:36:10 -- Typical day, childhood
00:37:55 -- Railroad yards
00:40:32 -- Fishing
00:41:50 -- Hobos
00:43:20 -- Juvenile delinquency
00:49:20 -- Ethnic groups, Syrians
00:50:35 -- North and South La Crosse, rivalry
00:52:45 -- High school, drop-out
00:56:30 -- Bart McCormick, high school principle
00:57:40 -- Teachers
01:00:00 -- Elected office, highlights
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Tape 2 of 2.
00:00:00 -- Trapper's bill, law
00:05:00 -- Speed limit bill, law
00:10:30 -- Highway safety bill, law
00:11:20 -- Liquor tax
00:13:20 -- Lobbying groups, breweries
00:20:30 -- Politicians, honesty
00:22:30 -- Political apathy
00:25:55 -- Primaries, elections
00:27:50 -- Incidents, United States, Congress
00:31:00 -- News, media
Author:
Press Publishing Company
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Newspapers
Description:
A special illustrated edition the newspaper titled "The Sunday Press from 1904. Articles include politics and progressive mindset, transportation, Oak Grove Cemeteries and public buildings, art and architecture, women, the lumbering business, philanthropic endeavors, beer brewing, banking, mills and the agricultural industries, and some advertising.
Subject:
Editorials
La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.)
Treaty of Versailles (1919)
Creator:
Moderski, Audrey
Description:
UW-L Seminar Paper
Author:
Geo. E. Taylor & Co.
Creator:
Taylor, George E.
Description:
This collection includes the newspaper and its transcriptions. The Wisconsin Labor Advocate was a newspaper published in La Crosse in 1886-1887 with political and financial backing from Dr. D. Frank "White Beaver" Powell. La Crosse was a hotbed of Labor political party activity in the 1880s and the Wisconsin Labor Advocate was one of at least four La Crosse area Labor-related newspapers from that time. What makes the Wisconsin Labor Advocate unique was its editor and owner: George Edwin Taylor. Taylor was an African-American, born in Arkansas in 1857. As a black business owner, he was an anomaly in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the 1880s. Taylor got his start in publishing working at other La Crosse newspapers. He also became increasingly interested in politics as reflected in his editorship of the Wisconsin Labor Advocate. The last existing edition of the paper dates from August 6, 1887 and George Edwin Taylor left La Crosse soon afterwards. He maintained a life-long interest in politics and by 1904 had become involved in an all African-American political party called the National Liberty Party. Taylor accepted the nomination of that party in 1904 as its candidate for the office of the U.S. President. In doing so, Taylor was the first candidate of a national African-American party for the U.S. presidency.