The 1911 Workman’s Compensation Act and the Birth of an Industry

Wisconsin passed the nationā€™s first constitutionally upheld workerā€™sĀ compensation law in 1911. It is one of the great successes of Progressive-era social legislation and a triumph of theĀ Wisconsin Idea.[1]Previously, American workers toiling in industrialized workplaces had often faced the threat of injury at…

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