Divisive 2020 election harkens back to 1968, but crucial factors challenge comparison

It’s hard to say whether there are more similarities or differences between the tumultuous year 2020 and the historic election year of 1968.

Historians, journalists and public officials weigh in on the comparison here.

Wisconsin Historical Society collection explores Wisconsin’s political history

Wisconsin’s political history is being enriched everyday in this historic election during a pandemic.

But it always helps to add some perspective.

And the Wisconsin Historical Society’s new page devoted to all things politics takes visitors on a fascinating virtual trip into the past with images, stories and artifacts.

Read more about the collection here.

Wisconsin Primary History


Wisconsin again is highlighted on the maps of war rooms manned by the staffs and consultants of Democratic presidential hopefuls.

And the 2020 spring primary will have added importance since it is in a state that will host the national convention and where Democrats are trying to unseat a Republican president who demolished Hillary Clinton’s “blue wall” in 2016.

Read about the history of Wisconsin’s primary elections here.

Socialism had a big influence on Milwaukee politics

Portrait of Victor Berger in 1905. From the Library of Congress Harris and Ewing Photographs Collection.

Milwaukee, the host city of the DNC Convention in 2020, has a deep history of socialism in its politics.

For more than 60 years, the American socialist movement played a big role in Milwaukee, which counts a congressman and several mayors as prominent socialists.  Rep. Victor Berger in 1910 became the first member of Congress elected on the Socialist Party ticket. And starting with Emil Seidel in 1910, Milwaukee had three Socialist Party mayors.

Milwaukee hosted Socialist Party of America national conventions in 1932 and 1942; nearby Kenosha hosted a party convention in 1938.

Read more about Milwaukee’s socialist history here.

Books about Wisconsin Politics

Book Covers

Dig deep into the political culture of the Badger State and some of the major figures in Wisconsin political history through this WisPolitics.com selection of books.

See the collection here.

24 Places of Milwaukee Political History