HISTORY DEPARTMENT

RICHARD M. BERNARD PAPERS


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C-1.7 2-RMB 1 Video tape #1, color, edited, contains a discussion of the period from the Depression to 1948 by Frank Zeidler, Socialist Mayor of Milwaukee from 1948-1960 [Interviewer:  Dr. Richard M. Bernard, Assistant Professor of History (1977-    ) (voice over narration on edited master)]  [Interviewee:  Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, 1948-1960, prominent Socialist leader and Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1976],   Subjects:  In outline form, Mr. Zeidler discusses the following topics, both in general and personal terms:  1.  Depression and World War II politics, 2.   Frank Zeidler's successful campaign for Mayor, 1948, 3.  Frank Zeidler's 1948 platform and his success in implementing it, 4.  Frank Zeidler's 1952 and 1956 mayoral campaigns,  5.  Comments on Milwaukee's political machine and Henry Maier, May, 1979 
C-1.7 2-RMB 1 Video tape #2, color, edited, is a discussion by Zeidler of his terms as mayor of Milwaukee and Henry Maier, his successor, as mayor.  [Interviewer:  Dr. Richard M. Bernard, Assistant Professor of History (1977-    ) (voice over narration on edited master)]  [Interviewee:   Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, 1948-1960, prominent Socialist leader and Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1976], Subjects:  In outline form, Mr. Zeidler discusses the following topics, both in general and personal terms:  1.   Depression and World War II politics, 2.  Frank Zeidler's successful campaign for Mayor, 1948, 3.  Frank Zeidler's 1948 platform and his success in implementing it, 4.  Frank Zeidler's 1952 and 1956 mayoral campaigns,  5.  Comments on Milwaukee's political machine and Henry Maier, May, 1979 
C-1.7 2-RMB 1 Video tape #3, color, unedited master of above Zeidler talk
C-1.7 2-RMB 1 Video tape #4, color, unedited master of above Zeidler talk
C-1.7 2-RMB 1 Video tape #5, color, unedited master, The tape is a 60 minute unedited discussion of the Consumer and Tax Payers Revolt in Milwaukee at the turn of the century.  [Interviewer:  Dr. Harry Anderson, director of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, introduces Dr. David P. Thelen to the audience, Interviewee:  Dr. David P. Thelen, Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is an authority on Progressivism in Wisconsin.   Thelen is the author of New Citizenship:  Origins of Progressivism in Wisconsin:  1885-1900 and Robert M. LaFollette:  Insurgent Spirit.] Date of Interview:  March 31, 1979; Location:  Milwaukee County Historical Society; Subject:  "The Consumer and Tax Payers Revolt in Turn of the Century Milwaukee;"  Thelen discusses the revolt and its two primary phases.  The first phase peaked in 1893 with the city's "anti-political prejudice" and desire to cut taxes at all levels.  This phase is compared to Howard Jarvis' campaign in California with Proposition 13 and tax budget cut in 1977.  The second phase peaked in 1896 with a desire to redistribute wealth as opposed to reduce taxes.  This was direct result of the impossible task of reducing the budget and the social belief that the sizeable gap between the rich and poor must be reduced.  Thelen then discusses in great detail the Street Car Strike in 1896 and the bonding of forces of both workers and consumers.  After discussion the Strike and its effect on city government, consumers and tax payers, Thelen concludes with a discussion of the positive advantage direct democracy possesses over the representative form of government that existed in Milwaukee at the turn of the century and exists today.