American Populism by Robert C. McMath Jr.
A Social History 1877-1898 (American Century Series)

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The grass-roots Populist movement that swept rural America a century ago millions of farmers and clusters of non-farmers into a powerful crusade to reshape the nation's political economy by ushering in a "cooperative commonwealth" to reverse the growth of America's monopoly capitalism. McMath crisply interprets the development of the Populist crusade from its early beginnings in the turbulent 1870s to its ultimate demise, and places it in a larger context as he compares it to later, parallel movements in the Great Plains and Canada.

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Robert C. McMath teaches American history at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Published December 1, 1992 by Hill and Wang. 245 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Although finding that many Populists shared the prevailing prejudices of the time against blacks and women, he argues that this political upsurge ``fashioned a space within which Americans could begin to imagine alternative futures shaped in the promise of equal rights.'' Recent research at the s...

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