The Farmers' Movement, 1620-1920

The Farmers' Movement, 1620-1920

The Farmers' Movement, 1620-1920

The Farmers' Movement, 1620-1920

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This study, as is explained in considerable detail in Chapter 20, was started approximately thirty-five years ago and was pursued with increasing intensity between 1920 and 1931 when the author was teaching a course entitled The Farmers' Movement at North Carolina State College. All during that period, and since, opportunities have been grasped to work in many libraries, interview numerous leaders of farmers' organizations, past and present, to rummage secondhand and rare-book stores in search of fugitive literature, and to pursue contemporary studies being made in this field. The analysis presented would have been impossible without the contributions of the numerous articles, monographs and books which have appeared since this study was begun. By the great number of citations to these detailed studies in the text, the author hopes he gives adequate credit to some of the persons to whom he owes an immeasurable debt.

It is not possible to name all those--in the Library of Congress; the North Carolina, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas, and Texas State Libraries; the Masonic Library at Fargo, North Dakota; the Crerar and City Libraries in Chicago; the St. Louis and Omaha Public Libraries-who helped me to locate fugitive literature and run down newspaper accounts which reported events transpiring in the areas where these libraries are located. The libraries just named were storehouses of pertinent information in this field.

For outstanding financial assistance the author owes long-delayed thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Elmherst, who through the solicitation of my long-time personal and professional friend, Professor Eduard C. Lindeman, made a grant of $2,000 from the Whitney Foundation which enabled me in 1932 to work intensively for about six months consolidating the ground I had covered over previous years of work. Because Mr. and Mrs. Elmherst must have felt during the last twenty years that their grant to this project was wasted, I am especially delighted to show them the research product from that grant and thank them for the only financial assistance I have had in this task.

It is impossible for me to list all those to whom I am indebted for the assistance they have given me in writing this book, although there are . . .

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