The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890

The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890

The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890

The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890

Synopsis

In this fresh examination of the rise of agrarian radicalism in the late 19th-century South, Hahn focuses on social change and popular consciousness while exploring populism's kinship with other movements such as labor radicalism.

Excerpt

This book is about the social origins of rural radicalism in the late‐ nineteenth-century South—specifically about the origins of Southern Populism, the most dramatic manifestation of rural unrest and the most vibrant component of America's greatest third-party movement. As such, it tells a story at once familiar and still remarkably obscure. For longer than the past three decades, there has been considerable interest in what is known as the "Populist revolt" and, to be certain, no lack of important scholarship. Although historians initially focused on the Midwestern variant, their attention increasingly shifted southward. Studies of Southern Populist ideology, state parties, and leaders now abound, as do more general treatments of the post-Reconstruction period. Together, they have stirred lively debate and have enormously enriched our understanding of national unification, economic development, and political conflict; the best of them deserve inclusion among the seminal contributions to American historical literature. Yet, when we turn to the thousands of Southern rural folk who made Populism a mass movement and a challenge to the dominant institutions, relations, and ideas of that time, the shadows rapidly steal forth.

I have attempted to lift some of those shadows by exploring the process through which white yeoman farmers—who would pre-

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