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The populist vision / Charles Postel.

By: Postel, Charles.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007Description: xiv, 397 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0195176502 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780195176506 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900 | Populism -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Social movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Farmers -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Working class -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Middle class -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 19th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 1865-1918 | Capitalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century | United States -- Economic conditions -- 1865-1918DDC classification: 973.8 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Modern times -- I: Farmers -- Push and energy : boosterism and rural reform -- Knowledge and power : machinery of modern education -- A better woman : independence of thought and action -- A farmers' trust : cooperative economies of scale -- II: Populists -- Business politics : state models and political frameworks -- Race progress : shaping a new racial order -- Confederation : urban, labor, and nonconformist reform -- Shrine of science : innovation in populist faith -- Conclusion : populist defeat and its meaning.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-377) and index.

Modern times -- I: Farmers -- Push and energy : boosterism and rural reform -- Knowledge and power : machinery of modern education -- A better woman : independence of thought and action -- A farmers' trust : cooperative economies of scale -- II: Populists -- Business politics : state models and political frameworks -- Race progress : shaping a new racial order -- Confederation : urban, labor, and nonconformist reform -- Shrine of science : innovation in populist faith -- Conclusion : populist defeat and its meaning.

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CHOICE Review

Postel (California State Univ., Sacramento) has written a major reassessment of the Populists, the most powerful independent political movement in US history. The Populists were not a typical political party, but a coalition of farmers' associations, labor organizations, women's groups, and an assortment of urban bohemians. This alliance, having grown increasingly disaffected with the protracted industrial and agrarian crises of the 1880s and 1890s, did not seek to overthrow democratic government, only to reform it by regulating the new corporate order and redistributing personal and corporate wealth. Over the years, the Populists have been disparaged for being a tradition-bound resistance movement. Dedicated to protecting family, community, and traditional values, they have been accused of refusing to embrace a modern and commercial society along with the enlightened ideals of innovation and progress. Postel convincingly argues that the Populists have been misinterpreted. Populists not only viewed the modern world through materialist lens, but also embraced the market revolution and used the technological, organizational, and ideological innovations of the Gilded Age to create an alternative modernity consistent with their reformist aspirations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. P. G. Connors Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office

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Charles Postel is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento.

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