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- DescriptionFor 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 Formisa 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 Kw-Nothings, Formisa traces the movements chrologically, 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, Formisa argues that most populist movements exhibit liberal and illiberal tendencies simultaneously. Gendered tions of manhood are an enduring feature, yet women have been intimately involved in nearly every populist insurgency. By considering these movements together, Formisa identifies commonalities that belie the pattern of historical polarization and bring populist movements from the margins to the core of American history.
- Author BiographyRonald P. Formisano is William T. Bryan Chair of American History at the University of Kentucky. He is author of four books, including Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Author(s)Ronald P. Formisano
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Weight476 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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