People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism

March 17, 2020|
People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism by Gregg Cantrell
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An engaging and meticulously researched history of Texas Populism and its contributions to modern American liberalism

“A work of deep research and profound wisdom that adds a critical dimension to our understanding of Populism and the American liberal tradition. It is political history at its finest.”—Charles Postel, author of The Populist Vision

In the years after the Civil War, the banks, railroads, and industrial corporations of Gilded‑Age America, abetted by a corrupt political system, concentrated vast wealth in the hands of the few and made poverty the fate of many. In response, a group of hard‑pressed farmers and laborers from Texas organized a movement for economic justice called the Texas People’s Party—the original Populists. Arguing that these Texas Populists were among the first to elaborate the set of ideas that would eventually become known as modern liberalism, Gregg Cantrell shows how the group broke new ground in reaching out to African Americans and Mexican Americans, rethinking traditional gender roles, and demanding creative solutions and forceful government intervention to solve economic inequality. Although their political movement ultimately failed, this volume reveals how the ideas of the Texas People’s Party have shaped American political history.
Gregg Cantrell holds the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History at Texas Christian University. His previous books include Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas and The History of Texas.
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Title:People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:592 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1.5 in
Shipping dimensions:592 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1.5 in
Published:March 17, 2020
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300100976

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