Untold Story of Milwaukee's Socialist Icon & His Bigotry

On the day it was announced that Milwaukee would host the Democratic National Convention in July 2020, the executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party said the decision made perfect sense.

“No city in America has stronger ties to socialism than Milwaukee,” Mark Jefferson said in March. “And with the rise of Bernie Sanders and the embrace of socialism by its newest leaders, the American left has come full circle. It's only fitting the Democrats would come to Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee historian John Gurda was interviewed by The Washington Post to fact-check Jefferson's assertion. Gurda, as he has done so many times over the past few decades, recounted the story of how socialists cleaned up Milwaukee's political corruption and built the much-admired parks system and public water system, hence the nickname “Sewer Socialists.”

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