Description : The years since 1902 have been aong the most momentous in recorded history. They have seen more change, more progress, than perhaps any thousand-year period before. And nowhere has this been more true than in the American South. What better way to recount and celebrate these years than through the pages of a periodical of the time?
Description : In this important study, James Lorence traces the political career of Gerald J. Boileau, the prominent Wisconsin Progressive who served in the House of Representatives from 1930 to 1938. In addition, he sheds new light on the promise and ultimate failure of the liberal Left in the 1930s - which many believed would revolutionize the two-party system. Lorence closely examines the collaboration in Congress between the Wisconsin Progressives and the Minnesota Farmer-Laborites, revealing the influence of midwestern farmer-laborism on the national political developments of the New Deal era. Focusing on the congressional debates of the 1930s, Lorence demonstrates that third-party politics played a more active role in the House than previous studies have acknowledged. Because of Boileau's role as Progressive Group floor leader in the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth congresses, he was an important figure in the effort to move the Roosevelt administration in a leftward direction. Lorence's examination of Boileau's political career begins with his service as a Wisconsin district attorney in the 1920s, continues through his active congressional career in the 1930s, and concludes with his final years as a Wisconsin circuit judge. The book also addresses such important political issues faced by Congress as farm policy, military relations, foreign policy, monetary inflation, and unemployment relief. Using archival research and statistical analysis of congressional roll calls, Lorence investigates Boileau's maturation as a legislator and skilled practitioner of independent bloc politics. Also significant is the study's depiction of the political climate during the depression. Boileau's ideas and actions were rooted in a fierce individualism that expressed itself in support for farmers, workers, and small businessmen. Consequently, he balked at the political centralization evident in New Deal liberalism, even as he supported much of the Roosevelt program. Clearly written and well argued, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the legislative history of the New Deal and to our knowledge of Wisconsin political history.
Description : Radical Protest and Social Structure: The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880-1890 provides an analysis of the occurrence of protest, its growth, and demise through the study of the Southern Farmers' Alliance, the largest and most radical component of American Populism. The monograph presents historical and sociological facts and aims to interpret protest movements and the social structure they seek to reform. Chapters are devoted to the discussion of tenancy, southern politics, and the spiral of agrarian protest; organization and history of the Southern Farmers' Alliance; the role of the social structure in the behavior of social movements; and the determinants of organized protest. The book will be invaluable to historians, sociologists, researchers, and students.
Description : The gestation period of this collection has been lengthy even by academic stan dards. Some of our long-suffering contributors prepared their original drafts for a workshop held in Nairobi in 1967, and although they have all up-dated their contributions they are still essentially reporting on research conducted in the late 1960s. However, we feel that their various findings and analyses of the issues they respectively treat have a continuing validity in our comprehension of the problem of rural development. Other contributions reporting on more recent work have been incorporated at different times since, most of them not commissioned especially for this symposium but all adding something to our understanding of the problem. The slow accumulation of material which makes up this fmal collection parallels an evolution in our own collective thinking, if indeed not that of most students of 'development' over the past decade. The progression has not been towards fmal clarification of the complex and changing East African realities, nor towards formulation of an accepted model for their analysis; rather, it has been marked by the questioning of the initial, somewhat simplistic assumptions with which some of us started out and a continuing debate and widening polar ization of views about the significance of that process of government 'pene tration' of the rural areas which is our focus, about the positive or negative value of 'development' policies in East Africa and, indeed, about the appropri ate theoretical approaches to the study of 'development' in general.