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This condensed version of Lawrence Goodwyn’s Democratic Promise, the highly- acclaimed study on American Populism which the Civil. Lawrence Goodwyn, sitting on the floor, during interviews for Duke’s oral (An abridged version, “The Populist Moment: A Short History of the. Economic populism is the new flavor in politics, but it won’t be Wall Street (read Lawrence Goodwyn’s The Populist Moment to learn the full.

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The Populist Movement in America populisy, which originally appeared in with a length of pages. And that, ultimately, came down to the question of currency. In diverse forms, popular resignation is visible from Illinois to the Ukraine.

tje It may be tested by reflecting upon the fact that, despite American progress, the society has been forced to endure sundry movements of protest. We still haven’t decided where we will take our stand, or have we?

What are we here for? Meanwhile, ownership of both industrial and agricultural land has been increasingly centralized. With the exception of a historically brief period following World War II, in which unions managed to give laborers a political voice, now lost, it is a trend that continues to this day.

Creating lawtence social movement to respond to this reality required accomplishing the seemingly impossible: Self-organizing from the ground up, Goodwyn shares one of the most honest accounts of American grassroots revolution in a century. It called for the abolition of private banks, a new dynamic currency, the nationalization of the railroads, and the formation of government cooperatives to handle crop financing, insurance, and post-harvest handling and storage.

To Alliancemen, it was their courthouse and their government. The farmers would sink or swim together; the landless would escape the crop lien, too, or none of them would. Inthe average US factory had only 8 workers.

The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America by Lawrence Goodwyn

By educating the masses in economic democracy, the Alliance politicized the masses. Exacerbating the difficulty was the national currency policy pursued after the Civil War, which saw the gradual contraction of the effective money supply and a return to the gold standard in The platform of the movement argued in behalf of the landless because that platform was seen as being progressive for small landowners, too.

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The Irony of Populism. Aug 13, Shonda Wilson rated it it was amazing. Physical intimidation having failed to achieve the desired end completely, Democrats were forced to steal the governorship through massive and transparent ballot-box frauds. They were driven by the thought that through sheer physical labor they might wring more production from the new virgin lands of the West than they had been able to do in their native states of Ohio and Virginia and Alabama.

More precise terminology would be helpful and clearly needs to be developed.

The Populist Moment

The fatal problem this strategy encountered was lack of credit. Nov 27, Kyle rated it really liked it. The farmers responded by moving their building outside the city limits, whereupon the council attempted to make them pay for draying their cotton into and out of town. This is an enormously ambitious goal, but refusing to even try represents both a constriction of democratic vision and an acceptance that one will be pursuing politics on terms set by the corporate state and its institutionalized backers—forever.

What made the populist movement work in the first place was a tenuous coalition of farmers from many different states who had a common background as “plain people” and a common need for self-determination in the face of economic elites building a rentier system on tenant farmers. It is also necessarily a book about democracy itself.

Here you get a very clear view about what the different sides wanted, and exactly how their self-interest was pushing them to want those things.

They tilted strongly toward the latter, but they also confronted the enduring qualities of the former. This condensed version of Lawrence Goodwyn’s Democratic Promise, the highly-acclaimed study on American Populism which the Civil Liberties Review called “a brilliant, comprehensive study,” offers new political language designed to provide a fresh means of assessing both democracy and authoritarianism today.


Beyond this, mass protest requires a high order not only of cultural education and tactical achievement, it requires a high order of sequential achievement.

Apr 06, Japhet Els rated it really liked it Shelves: It seemed like an OCR job that was not properly proofread. In short, this is a fascinating book that everyone should have the courage to read. Indeed, had they not done so, one cannot visualize how they could have developed into significant mass democratic movements.

They poured the structures built for mutual aid, which first gave the plain people a sense of self-respect and dignity in the face of economic and political oppression, into the People’s Party and this third party lost in the election of even after various contortions and capture by other parties and special interests.

How did this not win the Pulitzer? The author makes two other important contributions to the current political dialogue. And the success of the corporatist state on the back of liberal capitalist policies crowded out ideas of radical democracy and equality from legitimate political debate. Rockefeller had conclusively demonstrated in the course of creating the Standard Oil Trust, railroad networks were a central ingredient poulist in the combination movement itself and in the political corruption that grew out of monopoly.

But, though railroad land agents created beguiling stories of Western prosperity, the men and women who listened, and went, found that the laws of commerce momenh against them just as much in Kansas and Texas as they had back home momentt the eastern side of the Mississippi River.

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