Nonpartisan League

Nonpartisan League, in U.S. history, political pressure group of farmers and workers organized in 1915 and led by a former socialist, Arthur C. Townley, who believed that the solution to the farmers' troubles lay in united political action. Feeding on agrarian discontent with falling prices and political boss rule, the Nonpartisan League spread through the Western wheat belt from Wisconsin to Washington and to the Southwest; its greatest strength was in Minnesota and the Dakotas. The group demanded state-owned grain elevators, flour mills, and packing houses as well as low-cost public housing for farmers and workers. Although it was not a political party in the usual sense, it exercised its power by endorsing and even nominating candidates of the major parties. It never attracted support from industrial workers, and other means for expressing the farmers' desires opened. After World War I it declined sharply, although it retained prominence in some areas, particularly North Dakota.

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Nonpartisan League: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Nonpartisan League
Herbert E. Gaston.
Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920
FREE! Non-Partisan League
Andrew A. Bruce.
Macmillan, 1921
Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West, 1900-1939
Theodore Saloutos; John D. Hicks.
University of Wisconsin Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "The Nonpartisan League Beginnings" and Chap. VII "The Nonpartisan League Expansion and Decline"
Labor and Farmer Parties in the United States, 1828-1928
Nathan Fine.
Russell & Russell, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Nonpartisan League and Farmer-Labor Party"
The Farmers' Movement, 1620-1920
Carl C. Taylor.
American Book, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 17 "The Nonpartisan League"
Social Politics in the United States
Fred E. Haynes.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XIII "The Nonpartisan League"
History of North Dakota
Elwyn B. Robinson.
University of Nebraska Press, 1966
Librarian’s tip: "The Birth of the Nonpartisan League" begins on p. 330
Dynamics of the Party System: Alignment and Realignment of Political Parties in the United States
James L. Sundquist.
Brookings Institution, 1983 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "North Dakota: The NPL Switches Parties" begins on p. 241
Two Parties--Or More? The American Party System
John F. Bibby; L. Sandy Maisel.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Nonpartisan League begins on p. 45
Rural Social Systems: A Textbook in Rural Sociology and Anthropology
Charles P. Loomis; J. Allan Beegle.
Prentice Hall, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Nonpartisan League begins on p. 639
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