Social Politics in the United States

Social Politics in the United States

Social Politics in the United States

Social Politics in the United States

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Studies begun in the nineties and published in two volumes, Third Party Movements Since the Civil War, in 1916, and James Baird Weaver, in 1919, convinced the writer that social and economic factors had played a much more important part in our politics than was realized. These factors explained the origin of minor parties and gradually were bringing about a socialization of our politics. A comprehensive survey of the principal parties, organizations, and movements involved in this process of socialization has been the underlying motive. The selection of subjects to be considered has been determined as the study progressed, the connecting link being the fact that they grew out of economic and social conditions and contributed to what may in a broad sense be described as "social politics." Some things may have been included which might have been omitted and the reverse may be true. The work has been a growth.

No attempt has been made to give exhaustive or complete references. Some chapters, especially the ones covering more recent subjects, contain a considerable number of footnotes. Every chapter is followed by a list of "Selected References," which represent in the main the materials used and suggest additional sources of information for students and readers.

The thanks of the author are due to Professor Benjamin F. Shambaugh, the Superintendent and Editor of the State Historical Society of Iowa, who has so kindly consented to the reprinting of parts of two chapters from the author's Third Party Movements Since the Civil War . . .

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