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The populist vision, Charles Postel

Label
The populist vision
Title
The populist vision
Statement of responsibility
Charles Postel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Populist Vision is about how Americans responded to wrenching changes in the national and global economy. In the late nineteenth century, the telegraph and steam power made America and the world a much smaller place. The new technologies also made possible large-scale bureaucratic organization and centralization. Corporations grew exponentially and the rich amassed great fortunes. Those on the short end of these changes responded in the Populist revolt, one of the most effective challenges to corporate power in American history. But what did Populism represent? Half a century ago, scholars such as Richard Hofstadter portrayed the Populist movement as an irrational response of backward-looking farmers to the challenges of modernity. Since then, historians have largely restored Populism's good name. But in so doing, they have sustained a romantic notion of Populism as the resistance movement of tradition-based and pre-modern communities to a modern and commerical society, or even a counterforce to the Enlightenment ideals of innovation and progress. Postel's work marks a departure. He argues that the Populists understood themselves as, and were in fact, modern people. Farmer Populists strove to use the new innovations for their own ends. They sought scientific and technical knowledge, formed highly centralized organizations, launched large-scale cooperative businesses, and pressed for state-centered reforms on the model of the nation's most elaborate bureaucracy--the Postal Service
Cataloging source
DLC
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Postel, Charles
Dewey number
973.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E661
LC item number
.P67 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Populism
  • Social movements
  • Farmers
  • Working class
  • Middle class
  • United States
  • Capitalism
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The populist vision, Charles Postel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-377) and index
Contents
Modern times -- I: Farmers -- Push and energy : boosterism and rural reform -- Knowledge and power : machinery of modern education -- A better woman : independence of thought and action -- A farmers' trust : cooperative economies of scale -- II: Populists -- Business politics : state models and political frameworks -- Race progress : shaping a new racial order -- Confederation : urban, labor, and nonconformist reform -- Shrine of science : innovation in populist faith -- Conclusion : populist defeat and its meaning
Control code
ocm71350615
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 397 p.
Isbn
9780195176506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051396
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)71350615
Label
The populist vision, Charles Postel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-377) and index
Contents
Modern times -- I: Farmers -- Push and energy : boosterism and rural reform -- Knowledge and power : machinery of modern education -- A better woman : independence of thought and action -- A farmers' trust : cooperative economies of scale -- II: Populists -- Business politics : state models and political frameworks -- Race progress : shaping a new racial order -- Confederation : urban, labor, and nonconformist reform -- Shrine of science : innovation in populist faith -- Conclusion : populist defeat and its meaning
Control code
ocm71350615
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 397 p.
Isbn
9780195176506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051396
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)71350615

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