The Nonpartisan League

The Nonpartisan League

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The Nonpartisan League

The Nonpartisan League

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The National Nonpartisan League, the organization of western farmers of which A. C. Townley is the founder, has lived long enough and has accomplished enough so that its career will form a genuine historic episode, the record of which, no matter what may be its future, will find a place in the permanent records of the nation. The League and its leader have attained some prominence throughout the nation and a respectable quantity of publicity. Some of this has been propaganda, with a tendency to be eulogistic, but far more has been written from a standpoint of sneering cynicism or sharp hostility. Most of the material so published has been hastily prepared and vague, particularly from the historical point of view. There have been a number of "books" on the Nonpartisan League, all of which, so far as they have come to the present writer's attention, have been works of mere counter-propaganda, circulated at the expense of political or other organizations opposing the League.

It is the intention of this volume in the main merely to tell the story of the foundation and growth of this extraordinary political organization, and in so doing to give the reader a basis upon which he may construct his own estimate of . . .

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