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Cut from Plain Cloth: The 2011 Wisconsin Workers Protests Hardcover – December 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Manitenahk Books (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979685214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979685217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Weidemann has masterfully captured the deep emotions and intensity of this turbulent period."  —Sid Hatch, Director, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association

"Memorializes that wonderful protest of working men and women."  —Ed Garvey, Founder, Fighting Bob Fest

"Cut from Plain Cloth captures the true spirit of the Wisconsin uprising."  —Mahlon Mitchell, President, Professional Firefighters of WI

"Brings to birth the untold stories of ordinary people, from all walks of life, awakened to do extraordinary things."  —Ed Sadlowski, AFSCME

About the Author

Dennis Weidemann is a consultant for a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving quiet places and the author of This Water Goes North. He lives in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Anders on November 28, 2011
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Beautiful, full-color photographs capture the spirit of the February and March 2011 protests. Individual protestors in the essays, young and old, employed and unemployed, union and non-union, tell their stories about why they felt they had to add their voices to the movement, in a calm and rational manner.

The photography alone would tell the story of the late-winter, early-spring protests against Governor Scott Walker's "Budget Repair Bill", but the 19 essays about individuals who were there bring it home in a way that is not overtly political, but personal, caring, and thought-provoking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim T. on May 30, 2012
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This is a great photo collection that captures the spirit of what happened in Wisconsin in Febrauary 2011. The photos capture the grassroots movement of working Wisconsinites to reclaim their state from monied outside interests. Recall Walker!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol Hornung on December 19, 2011
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I was at many of the rallies in Madison, Wisconsin, during the spring, summer (and fall, but the book doesn't go that far) of 2011. The photos in "Cut from Plain Cloth" are just beautiful and do a fantastic job of capturing the images and feeling of the protest. People were angry - but not violent. Their signs were serious - and silly, in a clever way. The sea of red shirts brought people from all corners of the state - and many parts of the country - together in solidarity to recapture the spirit and ideals which make Wisconsin great.

This book focuses on the people and their personal stories, from a farmer driving his tractor around the square to the hoard of students who marched three miles from East High School in support of their teachers. "How did you coordinate nearly a thousand classmates," (the author inquires). "Facebook!"

There's also a page on Ian's Pizza, which fielded calls from every state in the union and countries all over the world from people wanting to donate pizza to the protesters.

The one thing this book doesn't do is include a timeline of events. Summer pictures are mixed with photos of snowmen holding signs, and there's one picture of a man carrying an inflatable palm tree, but doesn't explain why. (Briefly, Fox News tried to imply that our protests were violent and inserted footage of people exchanging blows on a palm-tree lined street. We spotted the con immediately since palm trees do NOT grow on the Capitol Square.)

I savored the stories and enjoyed the photos and realized that though I was there, I certainly did not see or hear everything! This book makes me proud to be from Wisconsin. Real people, real stories, real photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Heidi on February 24, 2013
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I bought this book to have a permanent reminder of everyday people rising up to speak out as one. This was my "WE THE PEOPLE" moment. I never imagined that I would witness, first hand, something so powerful and extraordinary.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nan on January 9, 2012
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What a wonderfully written and illustrated account of the rallies and commitment of the people here in WI to what is right! Each of our kids received one for Christmas and especially appreciated it since they had all participated in this great movement! Thanks to the author for putting this together!
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