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The Road to Rebellion (Hardcover): Scott G. McNall
The Road to Rebellion (Hardcover): Scott G. McNall

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The Road to Rebellion (Hardcover)

Scott G. McNall

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In the late 1800s an unprecedented coalition of American farmers rose to challenge the course of national politics. Aspiring to a society in which justice and equality were the norm, the farmers galvanized thousands of voters, causing two dominant political parties to reshape their agendas. Yet by 1900, the movement was virtually dead. Scott G. McNall analyzes why America's largest mass-democratic movement failed. He focuses his inquiry on Kansas, the center of the agrarian rebellion that led to the creation of the Farmer's Alliance and, later, to the founding of the People's party. Integrating new historical accounts with original analyses of census data, Alliance membership records, and speech transcripts, McNall restores these Kansas voices, revealing their struggle against an entrenched class system, indifferent political parties, and economic hardship.
McNall rejects the traditional view that blames the failure of the Alliance on a turn to mass-based electoral politics, but rather sees the move into national politics by the Farmer's Alliance as part of a rational strategy to better wage their fight for economic justice. The Kansas populists failed, he argues, because of their inability to embrace a broad, working-class base, to provide an effective alternative vision, and ultimately to create a distinct class organization. Debates about how classes come into being, or how democracy is to be realized, cannot be settled in the abstract. McNall's recreation of this heroic struggle is a model in the analysis of class formation. At the same time, "The Road to Rebellion" is dynamic social history, which holds vital lessons for structuring and realizing alternative political agendastoday.

General

Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 1988
First published: March 1988
Authors: Scott G. McNall
Dimensions: 278 x 154 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 372
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-56126-4
Barcode: 9780226561264
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Social classes
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Social classes > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > Demonstrations & protest movements
LSN: 0-226-56126-7

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