By Walter Nugent
Historians wrote approvingly of the Populists up into the Fifties. yet with time and new voices, led through historian Richard Hofstadter, the Populists have been denigrated, depicted as demagogic, conspiratorial, or even anti-Semitic.
In a landmark learn, Walter Nugent got down to discover the reality of populism, concentrating on the main popular Populist nation, Kansas. He fascinated about basic resources, taking a look at the small cities and farmers that have been the basis of the stream. the outcome, The Tolerant Populists, was once the 1st book-length, source-based research of the Populists. Nugent’s paintings sparked a circulation to undo the old revisionism and eventually came upon itself on the middle of an issue that has been referred to as “one of the bloodiest episodes in American historiography.”
This well timed re-release of The Tolerant Populists comes because the time period unearths new currency—and new scorn—in smooth politics. A definitive paintings on populism, it serves as a bright instance of the aptitude that political events and renowned opinion could have to alter heritage and have an effect on our future.
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