The agrarian revolt, which first blazed forth in the 70's and now is spread over the Republican farm program, compasses a...

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THE WILD JACKASSES: The American Farmer in Revolt

The agrarian revolt, which first blazed forth in the 70's and now is spread over the Republican farm program, compasses a heritage of blood-'n-guts, politicking and some demonstrable victories. The Populists, the Grangers, Greenbackers, Northern and Southern Alliances, the Socialist elements -- these gradually forced reforms in the profiteering of the railroads and helped establish a sounder banking system and agricultural supports. They were responsible as well for the direct vote of Senators and the graduated tax system. The agrarian leaders, both men and women, were inflamed with the frontier spirit of campaigning and took their liquor straight. They spoke plain words and cussed each other out. The present chronicle is somewhat too formal for the events and spirit it chronicles, but it paints individuals credibly, and painstakingly roots out each issue. The overall tensions, ideals, needs of the farmer stand forth so well that one never doubts nor misinterprets the political twists and turns which resulted. Strictly a period piece, but it provides background for today. An addition to the American Procession Series.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956