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Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics

Michael J. Lansing

Abstract

In 1915, western farmers created the starkest challenge to party politics in twentieth-century America. Their movement—the Nonpartisan League (NPL)—deployed novel tactics that challenged existing institutions. In an effort to empower average citizens, the League drove a brief but powerful electoral insurgency. At its peak, almost 250,000 paying members lived in thirteen states and two Canadian provinces. As a result, the NPL dramatically shaped North American politics in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Too often overlooked, the League’s perspective and tactics offer real possibilities for poli ... More

Keywords: democracy, Nonpartisan League, agriculture, politics, co-operation, equity, farmers, transnational, Progressive Era, west

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226283500
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226283647.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Lansing, author
Augsburg College

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