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The populist vision, Charles Postel

Label
The populist vision
Title
The populist vision
Statement of responsibility
Charles Postel
Creator
Subject
Genre
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 commercial 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. Hundreds of thousands of Populist farm women sought education, employment in schools and offices, and a more modern life. Miners, railroad workers, and other labor Populists joined with farmers to give impetus to the regulatory state. Activists from Chicago, San Francisco, and other urban centers lent the movement an especially modern tone. Modernity was also menacing, as the ethos of racial progress influenced white Populists in their pursuit of racial segregation and Chinese exclusion. The Populist Vision offers a broad reassessment. Working extensively with primary sources, it looks at Populism as a national movement, taking into account both the leaders and the led. It focuses on farmers but also wage-earners and bohemian urbanites. It examines topics from technology, business, and women's rights, to government, race, and religion. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, business and political leaders are claiming that critics of their new structures of corporate control represent anti-modern attitudes towards the new realities of globalization. The Populist experience puts into question such claims about who is modern and who is not. And it suggests that modern society is not a given but is shaped by men and women who pursue alternative visions of what the modern world should be
  • "In the late nineteenth century, monumental technological innovations like the telegraph and steam power made America and the world a much smaller place. New technologies also made possible large-scale organization and centralization. Corporations grew exponentially and the rich amassed great fortunes. Those on the short end of these wrenching 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, the romantic notion of Populism as the resistance movement of tradition-based and premodern communities to a modern and commercial society has prevailed. In a broad, innovative reassessment, based on a deep reading of archival sources, The Populist Vision argues that the Populists understood themselves as - and were in fact - modern people, who pursued an alternate vision for modern America." "Taking into account both the leaders and the led, The Populist Vision uses a wide lens, focusing on the farmers, both black and white, men and women, while also looking at wage workers and bohemian urbanites. From Texas to the Dakotas, from Georgia to California, 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 reforms on the model of the nation's most elaborate bureaucracy - the Postal Service. Hundreds of thousands of Populist farmwomen sought education, employment in schools and offices, and a more modern life. Miners, railroad workers, and other labor Populists joined with farmers to give impetus to the regulatory state. Activists from Chicago, San Francisco, and other new cities provided Populism with a dynamic urban dimension." "This reassessment of the Populist experience is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics, society, and culture of modern American."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
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
  • Populism
  • Social movements
  • Farmers
  • Working class
  • Middle class
  • Capitalism
  • Farmers
  • Working class
  • Middle class
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The populist vision, Charles Postel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
71350615
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 397 pages
Isbn
9780195176506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71350615
Label
The populist vision, Charles Postel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
71350615
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 397 pages
Isbn
9780195176506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006051396
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71350615

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