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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Momfnt agrarian revolution of late stretched through the end of the century banning together millions of farmers left out in the cold by their own government. Thus armed, the Populists attempted to insulate themselves against being intimidated by the enormous political, economic, and social pressures that accompanied the emergence of corporate America.

In many southern states, Democrats held on to power only by literally stealing elections. Socialists have remained politically marginal in America, while liberalism confines itself to reforms that do not fundamentally challenge who has economic power, the distribution of wealth, or the corporate state.

The Populist Moment

These evolving stages of achievement are essential if large numbers of intimidated people are to generate both the psychological autonomy and the practical means to challenge culturally sanctioned authority. In North Carolina, a Populst-Republican coalition voodwyn gained control of the state legislature in Goodywn really went through the Populist mment from beginning to end and integrated every persons part in its development.

They grew up in American culture and felt the pull of its teachings. Their shortcomings as well as their achievements contain much that is useful to all those who study history because they continue to nurse aspirations goodayn an industrial society in which generous social relations among masses of people might prevail as a cultural norm.

Because the decline in popular democratic aspiration since then has involved an absence of something rather than a visible presence, it has materialized in ways that are largely unseen.

Well, I think the trouble here is that the evidence of a true movement culture is scant, and Goodwyn relies to heavily on Texas and Kansas. 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 worked against them just as much in Kansas and Texas as they had back home on the eastern side of the Mississippi River.


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

First, very little understanding exists as to just what mass democratic movements are, and how they happen. In hierarchical societies, genuine democratic politics, when it appears, is hard to understand. The Populist movement in the West and South of the U. Local Glories Ann Satterthwaite. Unfortunately, the overwhelming nature of the impediments to these lawrencce of sequential achievement are rarely taken into account. More precise terminology would be helpful and clearly needs to be developed.

He starts his story in Texas where farmers are being overcharged by merchants and railroads, charged exorbitant interest rates by banks, and sometimes forced to sell crops at or below cost.

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

mojent Corporation we Beleived and still do Believe that the R. There are three principal areas of interpretive confusion that bear directly on the Populist experience. To put it another way, they are not culturally organized to conform to established hierarchical forms.

A very detailed history of the agrarian revolution that began in the south and spread into federal politics from farm alliances to a viable American political party that challenged the two establishment parties, and the dominance of capital itself. Goodwyn argues that in terms of confronting the fundamental nature of the political economy, Populism was the most significant social movement in American history, and that subsequently goodwgn horizons of reform have narrowed dramatically.

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. This shaping process, therefore, merits some attention. Spared the ideological apologetics and narrowness of a later time, Populists thought of man as being both competitive and cooperative.

Indeed, by it was evident that things were worse than they had been in or And those cultures evolve and coalesce at different speeds across the movement. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Entirely too much minutiae but such an important historical moment and, for me at least, awfully relevant today. One can only assert the conviction that a thoroughgoing history of, for example, the Socialist Party of the United States, including the history of the recruitment of its agrarian following in early twentieth-century America, will not be fully pieced together until this category of political analysis is successfully transcended.

Anyone with even a passing interest in third party politics in the United States needs to consult this volume. Introduction This book is about the flowering of the largest democratic mass movement in American history.


For a brief moment, the Solid South appeared to be in serious ths. All of the foregoing teh an attempt to clear enough cultural and ideological landscape to permit an unhampered view of American Populism. This is laarence 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.

These armies and the new political parties behind them necessarily need some sort of centralized committee. It involves undertaking an independent economic analysis; setting a goal of changing the economy in its fundamentals; envisioning practical steps both short-term the equivalent of forming a cooperative and long-term using the power of government to support such development in support of such goals; joining with other Americans to engage in the self-education needed to refine, publicize, and advance this vision; and eventually forming an independent political capacity to act.

It is also necessarily a book about democracy itself. When this failed to change things millions of families migrated westward in an effort to enlist nature’s help. In the s we are still debating the place of the Populists. This reassuring belief rests securely on statistical charts and tables certifying the steady upward tilt in economic production.

In short, this is a fascinating book that everyone should have the courage to read.

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Jan 13, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: In consequence, neither the human experiences within the mass institutions generated by the agrarian popjlist nor the ideology of Populism itself can be expected to become readily discernible to anyone, capitalist or Marxist, who is easily consoled by the presumed analytical clarity of categories of class.

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As such, the politics of the labor movement, and race relations are only peripherally described as they relate to this story. Rigid modes of thought and terminology dominate the schools and colleges of both traditions. Sep 28, James Howard rated it really liked it.

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