The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party
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The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party

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Caitlin Marineau
This definitely isn't a casual book for the general reader, but Populist Revolt is considered the seminal work on the Populist movement, chronicling the rise and fall of the Farmer’s Alliance and the People’s Party. Hicks offers a detailed examination of the growing frustrations among the agricultural class which caused the initial formation of the Farmer’s Alliance, as well as it’s eventual transformation into an influential (if short-lived) political party. In his book, Hicks ably demonstrates...more
This was one of my favorite books. A correspondent in Russia dialogued with me about this book, and I finally sent him my copy. Fortunately, I found a replacement. I also bought Hicks' general history of the U.S.

"The Populist Revolt" is rich in information, detailed to the point of intimidation. But it is the very details, along with the straight-forward writing style, and of course the author's perspective, that made this book such a favorite with me.

Hicks covers the rise and glory of Populis...more
John E
With all the talk of the "Populist" appeal of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, one should read a little bit about the original.

This is the standard history of the movement. It shows the strength of racism over common economic interest with the inability of the mid-Western and Southern White farmers to get together when the southerners were totally paranoid that the black farmers might get something out of it. The current "populism" continues the exclusion of black Americans.

The other major differ...more
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