Discontent at the Polls: A Study of Farmer and Labor Parties, 1827-1948

Discontent at the Polls: A Study of Farmer and Labor Parties, 1827-1948

Discontent at the Polls: A Study of Farmer and Labor Parties, 1827-1948

Discontent at the Polls: A Study of Farmer and Labor Parties, 1827-1948

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The thesis of this book is that farmer and labor parties in the United States have performed two great functions. These functions are, first, to act as vehicles for the expression of Political discontent, and secondly, to popularize issues which the major parties have at first ignored but later have adopted.

Precisely how these functions have been performed, and under what economic, geographical, and psychological conditions, this work endeavors to explain.

For having read the original manuscript and for having contributed valuable suggestions, we wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to Professors V. O. Key, Jr., of Johns Hopkins University, Elmer E. Schattschneider of Wesleyan University, Philip Taft of Brown University, and Lawrence H. Chamberlain of Columbia University.

Special thanks go to Professor Vincent H. Whitney of Brown University for his careful reading of the manuscript and for his numerous constructive comments. We are grateful to Professor Matthew C. Mitchell of Brown University for his continued encouragement.

We also wish to thank Dr. Louis H. Bean of the Department of Agriculture. Both his comments on our study and the insight contained in his various works on the American political process have been of great value.

We are indebted to Fortune magazine for special permission to use certain material in the Fortune Survey. Mr. Elmo Roper and members of his staff helped us by analyzing our use of the survey data.

In addition, we wish to thank Mr. Don C. Thomdike of Providence for his assistance in preparing the charts.

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