For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s / Edition 1

For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s / Edition 1

by Ronald P. Formisano
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807831727

ISBN-13: 9780807831724

Pub. Date: 02/25/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

For the People offers a new interpretation of populist political movements from the Revolution to the eve of the Civil War and roots them in the disconnect between the theory of rule by the people and the reality of rule by elected representatives. Ron Formisano seeks to rescue populist movements from the distortions of contemporary opponents as well as the

Overview

For the People offers a new interpretation of populist political movements from the Revolution to the eve of the Civil War and roots them in the disconnect between the theory of rule by the people and the reality of rule by elected representatives. Ron Formisano seeks to rescue populist movements from the distortions of contemporary opponents as well as the misunderstandings of later historians.

From the Anti-Federalists to the Know-Nothings, Formisano traces the movements chronologically, contextualizing them and demonstrating the progression of ideas and movements. Although American populist movements have typically been categorized as either progressive or reactionary, left-leaning or right-leaning, Formisano argues that most populist movements exhibit liberal and illiberal tendencies simultaneously. Gendered notions of "manhood" are an enduring feature, yet women have been intimately involved in nearly every populist insurgency. By considering these movements together, Formisano identifies commonalities that belie the pattern of historical polarization and bring populist movements from the margins to the core of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807831724
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Populisms, Progressive and Reactionary
2 The American Revolution and the Anti-Federalist Legacy
3 The Taming of the American Revolution
4 The Rise of New Social Movements
5 Anti-Masonry: A New Kind of Populist Movement
6 Anti-Masonry: Progressive and Reactionary
7 Anti-Masonry, the Parties, and the Changing Public Sphere
8 Two "Wars" of the 1840s
9 Epilogue and Prologue: The Know-Nothings
Notes
Index

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