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Author Jessen, Nathan, author.

Title Populism and imperialism : politics, culture, and foreign policy in the American West, 1890-1900 / Nathan Jessen.

Publication Info. Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2017]


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Description x, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Summary "In the final years of the nineteenth century, as a large-scale movement of farmers and laborers swept much the country, the United States engaged in an ostensibly anti-colonial war against Spain and a colonial war of its own in the Philippines. How one related to the other--the nature of the activists' involvement in foreign policy debates and the influence of these wars upon the prospects for domestic reform--is what Nathan Jessen explores in Populism and Imperialism. American reformers at the turn of the twentieth century have long been misrepresented as accomplices of empire. Rather, as Populism and Imperialism makes clear, they were imperialism's chief opponents--and that opposition contributed to their ultimate defeat. Correcting the record, Jessen charts the fortunes of the Populists through the nineteenth century's last decade. He shows that, contrary to the standard narrative, Populists remained powerful in West after the election of 1896; they only suffered their final political reverses in 1900 after being branded as unpatriotic traitors by their opponents. In fact, the Populists and Democrats in the West favored war with Spain for humanitarian reasons; some among them led the opposition to Hawaiian annexation and--as leaders of the anti-imperialists in Congress from 1899 on--the occupation of the Philippines. Jessen also addresses the little-studied 'money power' conspiracy theory that explains a key element of the Populist worldview. This theory, linking European imperialism and the growing economic and political power of financiers, stirred Populist opposition to American imperialism as well. Populism and Imperialism revises a critical chapter in US history and offers lessons for the present as well as insights into the nation's past"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-324) and index.
Contents 1. Western populist ideology and worldview -- 2. The local context : Nebraska, Colorado, and Washington, 1890-1897 -- 3. The money power and the war of 1898 -- 4. Hawaiian annexation and the beginning of the debate over empire -- 5. Patriotism and the elections of 1898 -- 6. Imperialism comes to the forefront -- 7. Setting the stage for the campaign -- 8. The contest of 1900 and the defeat of reform.
Subject West (U.S.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Populism -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Politics and culture -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Anti-imperialist movements -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Territorial expansion -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1865-1898.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1897-1901.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties.
Anti-imperialist movements. (OCoLC)fst00810343
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Politics and culture. (OCoLC)fst01069952
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Populism. (OCoLC)fst01071658
Territorial expansion. (OCoLC)fst01355135
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States, West. (OCoLC)fst01243255
Chronological Term 1800-1901
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Politics, culture, and foreign policy in the American West, 1890-1900
ISBN 9780700624645 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0700624643 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780700624652 electronic book

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