For the People by Ronald P. Formisano
American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s

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From the Anti-Federalists to the Know-Nothings, Formisano traces populist political movements in the U.S. chronologically from the Revolution to the Civil War, contextualizing them and demonstrating the progression of ideas and movements. Although American populist movements have typically been categorized as either progressive or reactionary, left-leaning or right-leaning, Formisano argues that most populist movements exhibit liberal and illiberal tendencies simultaneously. By considering these movements together, Formisano identifies commonalities that belie the pattern of historical polarization and bring populist movements from the margins to the core of American history.

About Ronald P. Formisano

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Ronald P. Formisano is William T. Bryan Chair of American History at the University of Kentucky. He is author of four books, including The Great Lobster War and Boston against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s (from the University of North Carolina Press).
Published February 25, 2008 by University of North Carolina Press. 326 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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