Greg Afinogenov

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Milwaukee’s Gilded Age and Aftermath

Milwaukee’s Gilded Age and Aftermath

Everything Hoan did for the city, he saw in terms of helping the workers in whose name he governed.

I spent most of my teenage years in Wauwatosa, one of Milwaukee’s oldest suburbs. In the 1960s, at the height of the city’s civil rights struggle, it was one of the hotbeds of racist resistance: when Father Groppi led a protest march into the town, he was met by Klansmen and other onlookers who waved signs reading “Keep Tosa White.” By the early 2000s, such explicit racism was rarely seen.

Milwaukee’s Gilded Age and Aftermath

Milwaukee’s Gilded Age and Aftermath

Everything Hoan did for the city, he saw in terms of helping the workers in whose name he governed.

I spent most of my teenage years in Wauwatosa, one of Milwaukee’s oldest suburbs. In the 1960s, at the height of the city’s civil rights struggle, it was one of the hotbeds of racist resistance: when Father Groppi led a protest march into the town, he was met by Klansmen and other onlookers who waved signs reading “Keep Tosa White.” By the early 2000s, such explicit racism was rarely seen.