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Populism and Radical Politics Bibliography

Image of an advertising pamphlet promoting Mary Elizabeth Lease as a popular lecturerAdmire, W. W., comp. Political and Legislative Handbook for Kansas, 1891. Topeka: G. W. Crane & Co., Publishers, 1891. The volume contains U. S. and Kansas constitutions, election results, etc.

Argersinger, Peter H. The Limits of Agrarian Radicalism: Western Populism and American Politics. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995. A collection of nine of Argersinger's previously published essays--two originally published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly--introduced by a new piece, "The Political Limits of Western Populism."

__________. "The Most Picturesque Drama: The Kansas Senatorial Election of 1891." Kansas Historical Quarterly. 38 (Spring 1972): 43.

__________. Populism and Politics: William Alfred Peffer and the Peoples Party. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1974.

__________. "Road to a Republican Waterloo: The Farmer's Alliance and the Election of 1890 in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 33 (Winter 1967): 443.

__________. "Pentecostal Politics in Kansas: Religion, the Farmers' Alliance, and the Gospel of Populism." Kansas Quarterly 1 (Fall 1969): 24.

__________. "Ideology and Behavior: Legislative Politics and Populism." Agricultural History 58 (January 1984): 43-58. Claims that Populists were anything but conservative.

Portrait of Jeremiah "Sockless Jerry" Simpson, Populist, United States Representative from Kansas, 1897-1899.Bicha, Karel D. "Jerry Simpson: Populist Without Principle." Journal of American History 54 (September 1967): 291-306.

__________. Western Populism: Studies in Ambivalent Conservatism. Lawrence, Kans.: Coronado Press, 1976. (329.4/B471)

Billington, Monroe. "Susanna Madora Salter--First Woman Mayor." Kansas Historical Quarterly 21 (Autumn 1954): 173.

Blumberg, Dorothy R. "Mary Elizabeth Lease, Populist Orator: A Profile." Kansas History 1 (Spring 1978): 2.

Brodhead, Michael J. Persevering Populist: The Life of Frank Doster. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1969.

__________. "Visions of a Better World: Comparisons of Kansas Jurists David J. Brewer and Frank Doster." Kansas History 16 (Spring 1993): 42-53.

Brodhead, Michael J. and Clanton, O. Gene. "G. C. Clemens: The 'Sociable Socialist'." Kansas Historical Quarterly 40 (Winter 1974): 475.

Burkholder, Thomas R. "Mythic Conflict: A Critical Analysis of Kansas Populist Speechmaking, 1890-1894." Ph.D. dissertation. University of Kansas, 1988.

Caldwell, Dorothy J. "Carry Nation, A Missouri Girl, Who Won Fame as a Kansas Crusader." Missouri Historical Review 63 (July 1969): 16.

Caldwell, Martha B. "The Woman Suffrage Campaign of 1912." Kansas Historical Quarterly 12 (August 1943): 300.

Carper, James C. "The Popular Ideology of Segregated Schooling: Attitudes toward the Education of Blacks in Kansas, 1854-1900." Kansas History 1 (Winter 1978): 254.

Chafe, William. "The Negro and Populism: A Kansas Case Study." Journal of Southern History 34 (August 1968): 404.

Clanton, O. Gene. "`Hayseed Socialism' on the Hill: Congressional Populism, 1891-1895." Western Historical Quarterly 15 (April 1984): 139-162.

__________. "Intolerant Populist? The Disaffection of Mary Elizabeth Lease." Kansas Historical Quarterly. 34 (Summer 1968): 189.

__________. Kansas Populism: Ideas and Men. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1969.

__________. Populism: The Humane Preference in America, 1890-1900. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991.

__________. "Populism, Progressivism, and Equality: The Kansas Paradigm," Agricultural History 51 (July 1977): 559.

__________. "A Rose by Any Other Name': Kansas Populism and Progressivism." Kansas Quarterly 1 (Fall 1969): 105.

Clymer, Rolla A. "Thomas Benton Murdock and William Allen White." Kansas Historical Quarterly 23 (Autumn 1957): 248-256.

Cochrane, Elizabeth. "Hatchets and Hoopskirts: Women in Kansas History." Midwest Quarterly 2 (April 1961): 229-249.

Connelley, William E. Ingalls of Kansas: A Character Study. Topeka: 1909.

Costigan, James I. "An Analysis of Selected Speeches by Mrs. Mary E. Lease." Master's thesis, Southern Illinois, 1960.  Not held by KSHS.

Cowing, Cedric B. Populists, Plungers, and Progressives: A Social History of Stock and Commodity Speculation, 1890-1936. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965.

A portrait of Annie (Le Porte) Diggs, 1848-1916Diggs, Annie L. The Story of Jerry Simpson. Wichita: Jane Simpson, Publisher, 1908.

Divney, James Purdy. "The Farmer's Populist Movement in Kansas: An Analysis of its Class Base and Political Practice." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kansas, 1984.

Durden, Robert F. The Climax of Populism: The Election of 1896. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1965.

Elarar, Daniel J. "Political Culture on the Plains." Westport Historical Quarterly 11 (July 1980): 261.

Ewing, Cortez A. M. "Early Kansas Impeachments." Kansas Historical Quarterly 1 (August 1932): 307.

__________. "Notes on Two Kansas Impeachments: Josiah Hayes, 1874, and Theodosius Botkin, 1891." Kansas Historical Quarterly 23 (Autumn 1957): 281-297.

Farmer, Hallie. "The Economic Background of Frontier Populism." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 10 (March 1924): 406.

Fischer, Roger A. "Rustic Rasputin: William A. Peffer in Color Cartoon Art, 1891-1899." Kansas History 11 (Winter 1988-89): 222.

Francis, Clara. "The Coming of Prohibition to Kansas." Kansas Historical Collections 15 (1919-1922): 192-227.

Frank, Keith C. "Jerry Simpson, A Kansas Populist." Master's thesis, Northwestern, 1940.

Frank, Thomas. "The Leviathan With Tentacles of Steel: Railroads in the Minds of Kansas Populists." Western Historical Quarterly 20 (February 1989): 37-54.

Gagliardo, Domenico. "Some Wage Legislation in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 8 (November 1939): 384.

__________. "Development of Common and Employers' Liability Law in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 10 (May 1941): 155.

Goldberg, Michael L. "`An Army of Women': Gender Relations and Politics in Kansas Populism, the Woman Movement, and the Republican Party, 1879-1896." Doc. diss., Yale University, 1992.

__________ "Non-Partisan and All-Partisan: Rethinking Woman Suffrage and Party Politics in Gilded Age Kansas." Western Historical Quarterly 25 (Spring 1994): 21-44. Focusing on the suffrage campaign of 1894, Goldberg examines the relationship between the women's movement and partisan politics.

Goodwyn, Lawrence. The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978. A condensation of Goodwyn's Democratic Promise, which finds most of the origins of Populism in Texas.

Grant, H. Roger. "Insurance Reform: The Case of Webb McNall in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 36 (Spring 1970): 62-73. Superintendent of insurance, 1897-99.

Halcoussis, Dennis A. "The Economic Foundation of the United States Populist Movement." Doc. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1992. Quantitative calculations which include "county-level Kansas data from 1882 to 1908." Not held by KSHS.

Harper, Paul D. "The Speechmaking of Jerry Simpson." Master's thesis, Pittsburg Kansas State College (PSU), 1967.

Haywood, C. Robert. "Populist Humor: The Fame of Their own Effigy, Presidential Address." Kansas History 16 (Spring 1993): 34-41. Populists laughed at themselves and were targets of much humor; here, Kansans W. A. Peffer, Mary E. Lease, and Jerry Simpson are the focus of attention.

Hicks, John D. The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party. University of Minnesota Press, 1931.

Hicks, John D. and Barnhart, John D. "The Farmers' Alliance." North Carolina Historical Review 6 (July 1929): 254.

Holmes, William F., editor. American Populism. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1994. A collection of previously published essays by Populist scholars such as John D. Hicks, Lawrence Goodwyn, Peter H. Argersinger, and Gene Clanton.

Hunt, James L. "Populism, Law, and the Corporation: The 1897 Kansas Supreme Court." Agricultural History 66 (Fall 1992): 28-54. Hunt concludes there is no evidence to indicate that Populists "wanted to undermine the basic legal foundations of a capitalist economy."

Hurt, Ray Douglas.  "Populists on the Kansas Supreme Court." Midwest Review 4 (September 1982): 13-26.

__________. "Populist-endorsed Judges and the Protection of Western Labor." Journal of the West 17 (January 1978): 19-26.

__________. "The Populist Judiciary: Mortgages, Usury, Taxation and Agrarian Reform." Heritage of the Great Plains 13 (September 1980): 14-24.

__________. "John R. Rogers: The Union Labor Party, Georgism and Agrarian Reform." Journal of the West 16 (January 1977): 10-15. Rogers was editor of Newton's Kansas Commoner and an early leader of the ULP in Kansas before moving to Washington in 1890, where he served two terms as governor.

Lengel, Leland I. "Radical Crusaders and a Conservative Church: Attitudes of Populists Toward Contemporary Protestantism." American Studies 13 (Fall 1972): 49.

Malin, James C. "Notes on the Literature of Populism." Kansas Historical Quarterly 1 (February 1932): 160.

__________. "The Democratic Party and Atchison: A Case Study, 1880," Kansas Historical Quarterly 28 (Summer 1962): 154.

__________. "The Farmers' Alliance Subtreasury Plan and European Precedents." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 31 (September 1944): 255-260.

__________. "Eugene Ware and Dr. Sager: The Code of Political Ethics, 1872-1892." Kansas Historical Quarterly 26 (Autumn 1960): 255-266.

McFarland, David F., Jr. "The Ingalls Amendment to the Sherman Anti-Trust Bill." Kansas Historical Quarterly 11 (May 1942): 173.

McKenna, Sister Jeannne. "With the Help of God and Lucy Stone." Kansas Historical Quarterly 36 (Spring 1970): 13-26. Suffrage fight of 1867.

McMath, Robert C., Jr. American Populism: A Social History, 1877-1898. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992. A brief summary that emphasizes the social roots of the movement (Farmers' Alliance) that made it more than a political party.

McNall, Scott G. The Road to Rebellion: Class Formation and Kansas Populism, 1865-1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Miller, Raymond C. "The Background of Populism in Kansas." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 11 (March 1925): 469.

Miller, Worth Robert. "A Centennial Historiography of American Populism." Kansas History 16 (Spring 1993): 54-69. A general but thorough analysis of the major works and interpretations of this historiographically controversial movement.

Miller, Worth Robert. Oklahoma Populism: A History of the People's Party in Oklahoma Territory. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. Origins for this movement and many of the people in it came from south-central Kansas.

Nugent, Walter T. K. The Tolerant Populists: Kansas Populism and Nativism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963. His 1961, University of Chicago doc. diss. entitled "Populism and Nativism in Kansas, 1888-1900."

__________. "Some Parameters of Populism." Agricultural History 40 (1966): 255.

__________. "How the Populists Lost in 1894." Kansas Historical Quarterly 31 (Autumn, 1965): 245.

Ostler, Jeffrey. Prairie Populism: The Fate of Agrarian Radicalism in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, 1880-1892. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1993. Using a comparative methodology, Ostler demonstrates that Populism was more than just a "hardship" versus "prosperity" phenomenon.

Ostler, Jeffrey. "The Rhetoric of Conspiracy and the Formation of Kansas Populism." Agricultural History 69 (Winter 1995): 1-27. The prevalence of "conspiracy-mindedness," long a contentious issue in Populist historiography, is Ostler's focus.

Ostler, Jeffrey. "Why the Populist Party Was Strong in Kansas and Nebraska but Weak in Iowa." Western Historical Quarterly 23 (November 1992): 452-74.

Photograph of Republicans looking through the smashed doors of the Kansas House of Representatives during the "Legislative War of 1893"Parrish, William E. "The Great Kansas Legislative Imbroglio of 1893." Journal of the West 7 (October 1968): 471-90.

Peffer, William A. Agricultural Depression; Causes and Remedies. Report by Mr. Peffer submitted to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, February 15, 1894. Washington: GPO, 1895.

Peffer, William A., edited by Peter H. Argersinger. Populism, Its Rise and Fall. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1991. A memoir, written in 1899 and first published as a series of articles in the Chicago Tribune, by one of the movements primary leaders and U.S. senator from Kansas.

Piehler, Harold Richard. "Henry Vincent: A Case Study in Political Deviancy." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas, 1975.

__________. "Henry Vincent: Kansas Populist and Radical Reform Journalist." Kansas History 2 (Spring 1979): 14.

Pollack, Norman. The Populist Response to Industrial America: Midwestern Populist Thought. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1962. The ideas of Frank Doster, Mary Lease, and other Kansans, as well as the Topeka Advocate, contribute to this analysis of the movement.

__________. The Humane Economy: Populism, Capitalism, and Democracy. Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990.

__________. "The Myth of Populist Anti-Semitism." American Historical Review 68 (October 1962): 76-80.

__________. "Hofstadter on Populism: A Critique of The Age of Reform." Journal of Southern History 26 (November 1960): 478-500.

__________. "Fear of Man: Populism, Authoritarianism, and the Historian." Agricultural History 39 (April 1965): 59-67.

Press, Donald Emil. "Populist Influence on Kansas Railroads, 1890-1910." Master's thesis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1974.

__________. "Kansas Conflict: Populist Versus Railroader in the 1890s." Kansas Historical Quarterly 43 (Autumn 1977): 319.

Rickard, Louise E. "The Impact of Populism on Electoral Patterns in Kansas, 1880-1900: A Quantitative Analysis." Doc., diss., University of Kansas, 1974.

Riddle, Thomas W. The Old Radicalism: John R. Rogers and the Populist Movement in Washington. N.Y.: Garland Publishing, 1991. Doctoral dissertation completed in 1976; Rogers (1838-1901) lived in Harvey County from 1876-1890, before moving to Washington where he became Populist governor in 1897.

Roberts, Lawrence E. "Women in Populism, 1888-1892." Heritage of the Great Plains 23 (Summer 1990): 15-27.

Rochester, Anna. The Populist Movement in the United States: The Growth and Decline of the People's Party--A Social and Economic Interpretation. New York: International Publishers, 1943. The author, an American Communist party ideologist, provides a Marxist-Leninist interpretation.

Saloutos, Theodore. Populism: Reaction or Reform? New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.

Sandefur, Ray H. "The Ingalls-Voorhees Debate of 1888." Kansas Historical Quarterly 17 (August 1949): 243.

Scott, Myron C. "A Congressman and His Constituents: Jerry Simpson and the Big Seventh." Master's thesis, Fort Hays, 1959.

Scott, Roy V. "Milton George and the Farmers' Alliance Movement." Missouri Valley Historical Review 45 (June 1958): 90.

Sears, Hal D. The Sex Radicals: Free Love in High Victorian America. Lawrence: Regents Press of Kansas, 1977. Focuses on Moses Harman, a freethinker and editor of Lucifer, the Light-Bearer, Valley Falls.

Sears, Gen. Wm. H. "The Robinson Rifles." Kansas Historical Quarterly 2 (August 1933): 309.

Smith, Harold R. "Populist Study in Need of Revision; a Case Study of Kearny County, Kansas, in the Populist Era." Master's thesis, Fort Hays State University, 1969.

Smith, Wilda M. "A Half Century of Struggle: Gaining Woman Suffrage in Kansas." Kansas History 4 (Summer 1981): 74.

Smith, Wallace. "The Birth of Petticoat Government." American History Illustrated 19 (May 1984): 50. Woman suffrage in Kansas.

Snow, Richard F. "American Character: Sockless Jerry Simpson." American Heritage. (February-March 1978): 62. Biographical sketch of the Kansas Populist congressman.

Stiller, Richard. Queen of Populists--the Story of Mary Elizabeth Lease. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1970.

Stock, James H. "Real Estate Mortgages, Foreclosure, and Midwestern Agrarian Unrest, 1865-1920." Journal of Economic History 44 (March 1984): 89.

Taylor, Betty L. "Mary Elizabeth Lease, Kansas Populist." Master's thesis, Wichita State University, 1951.

Turner, James. "Understanding the Populists." Journal of American History 67 (September 1980): 354.

Van Meter, Sondra. "Black Resistance to Segregation in the Wichita Public Schools, 1870-1912." Midwest Quarterly 20 (Autumn 1978): 64.

Wagner, Mary Jo. "Farms, Families and Reform: Women in the Farmers' Alliance and Populist Party." Ph.D. dissertation. University of Oregon, 1986. Uses examples of women in Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado.

Warner, Donald F. "Prelude to Populism." Minnesota History 32 (Autumn, 1953):

Waterbury, Ed. S. The Legislative Conspiracy in Kansas. Courts vs. Constitution. Who Are the Anarchists? Topeka: Kansas Bureau and News Co., 1893.

Werner, Jane. "The Press and the Populists." Colorado Magazine 47 (Winter 1970): 44.

Williams, Burton J. Senator John James Ingalls: Kansas' Iridescent Republican. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1971.

Williams, Burton J. "The Kansas Alliance vs. 'Mr. Republican': The Case for the Accused." Kansas Quarterly 1 (Fall 1969): 40-48.

Williams, Jeffery C. "Economics and Politics: Voting Behavior in Kansas During the Populist Decade." Explorations in Economic History 18 (July 1981): 233.