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The Populist Party

The Populist Party

"A flyer for the populist party"


              The Populist Party, otherwise known as the People’s Party was a grass-roots political party that focused on the small farmer. This brought different ethnicities and religions together, but it was not a party of “have-nots.” Farmers who owned physical property were more likely to join the movement. It also coincides with the Farmers Alliance movement.





John Dibbern, “Who were the Populists? A Study of Grass-Roots Alliancemen in South Dakota,” Agricultural History 56 no. 4 (Oct. 1982), 677-691.

               This article gives a brief explanation of the Populist Party in South Dakota, mainly Marshall County.

Daniel J. Elazar, “Political Culture on the Plains,” Western Historical Quarterly 11 no. 3 (July 1980), 261-283.

Hallie Farmer, “The Economic Background of Frontier Populism,” The Mississippi Valley Historical Review 10 no. 4 (March 1924), 406-427.

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