Populist Cartoons: An Illustrated History of the Third-Party Movement of the 1890s

Populist Cartoons: An Illustrated History of the Third-Party Movement of the 1890s

by Worth Robert Miller


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This extensive and rich treasure trove of cartoons from Populist newspapers of the 1890s tells the story of one of the most successful third-party movements in American history. The arguments made in these illustrations resonated with late nineteenth-century readers, as evidenced by the continued use of the term Populist. This selection of cartoons and Worth Robert Miller's commentary give the common man's perspective on the politics of corporate greed in terms still relevant today.

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ISBN-13: 9781935503057
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Worth Robert Miller is professor of history at Missouri State University. He is a specialist on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and has written extensively on the Populist movement of the 1890s. His publications include Oklahoma Populism: A History of the People�s Party in the Oklahoma Territory (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987); �A Centennial Historiography of American Populism,� Kansas History 16, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 54�69; �The Lost World of Gilded Age Politics.� Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 1, no. 1 (January 2002): 49�67; and �Building a Populist Coalition in Texas, 1892�1896,� Journal of Southern History 74, no. 2 (May 2008): 255�96 (co-authored with Stacy G. Ulbig). Professor Miller also is editor of a Populism website that contains the most extensive bibliography on the Farmers� Alliance and Populist Party. It may be accessed at http://clio.missouristate.edu/wrmiller/Populism/Texts/ populism.htm.

What People are Saying About This

Mark Wahlgren Summers

The pictures in Miller�s Populist Cartoons are worth the price of the admission. Virtually unknown, one of the missing links in any history of American political cartooning, they include some of the most unsparing works ever put on paper�which, needless to say, makes them all the more valuable. The pictures afford the richest possible expression of the actual feel of Populist anger. Students of the period will find this collection irreplaceable. --(Mark Wahlgren Summers, author of A Dangerous Stir and Party Games)

Robert C. McMarth

Cartoons published in partisan newspapers became the YouTube of American politics in the late nineteenth century. In this volume, Bob Miller has compiled an unmatched collection of Populist cartoons through which the Farmers� Alliance and the People�s Party spread their message in the 1880s and 1890s. Along with that collection, Miller gives us the first thorough account of the Populist cartoonists themselves and explains how the changing technology of newspaper printing and cartoon making allowed the Populists to explain their beliefs to audiences in rural communities across the country. --(Robert C. McMath, author of American Populism)

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