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The Political Economy of American Populism from Jackson to the New Deal

  • Thomas Goebel (a1)
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Over the past few decades, historians engaged in the study of American Populism have advanced a number of conflicting interpretations of the last great protest movement of the nineteenth century. Among the most influential representations of Populism have been the following: Populists as reactionary and vaguely anti-Semitic predecessors of American fascism, as agrarian romantics nostalgically clinging to the Jeffersonian ideal of the independent yeoman, as modern reformers embracing an American version of social democracy, as agrarian republicans aiming to build a cooperative commonwealth on the basis of mutuality, and as true radicals offering the final challenge to the rise of corporate capitalism in America. Although no final agreement on the true nature of Populism has been achieved, despite the impressive scholarly output that has made the study of Populism into a minor cottage industry among historians, there has been a powerful trend toward a renewed appreciation of the radical character of Populist protest. In challenging the dominance of the two major parties and in advocating a comprehensive program of economic and social reform, American Populists are widely regarded as reflecting a ground swell of opposition to corporate America. With the demise of Populism after the disastrous election of 1896, the hopes for building a radically different America faded.

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1. In the course of this essay, the term Populism capitalized will be used to refer to the agrarian uprising of the 1880s and 1890s while populism in lowercase will be used to designate elements of political thought and rhetoric in other periods of American history as well. The same difference applies to the terms Populist and populist.

2. Among the more important studies of Populism are those by Goodwyn Lawrence, Democratic Promise: The Populist Moment in America (New York, 1976): Pollack Normal, The Just Polity: Populism, Law, and Human Welfare (Urbana, Ill., 1987); Hahn Steven, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850–1890 (New York, 1983); Clanton O. Gene, Kansas Populism: Ideas and Men (Lawrence, Kans., 1969); Cherny Robert W., Populism, Progressivism, and the Transformation of Nebraska Politics, 1885–1915 (Lincoln, Nebr., 1981); Argersinger Peter H., Populism and Politics: William Alfred Peffer and the People's Party (Lexington, Ky., 1974): Hofstadter Richard, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R. (New York, 1955); and Hicks John D., The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party (Minneapolis, Minn., 1931).

3. Turner James, “Understanding the Populists,” Journal of American History 67, no. 2 (09 1980), 372. For an overview of research on Populism, see also Holmes William F., “Populism; In Search of Context,” Agricultural History 64, no. 4 (10 1990), 2658; Launius Roger D., “The Nature of the Populists: An Historiographical Essay,” Southern Studies 22, no. 4 (Winter 1983), 366–85; and Ridge Martin, “Populism Redux: John D. Hicks and the Populist Revolt,” Reviews in American History 13, no. 1 (03 1985), 142–54.

4. One exception is the excellent article by Huston James L., “The American Revolution aries, the Political Economy of Aristocracy, and the American Concept of the Distribution of Wealth, 1765–1900,” American Historical Review 98, no. 4 (10 1993), 1079–105. A number of authors have highlighted the connection between the Antifederalists, the radical Jeffersonian opposition, and Jacksonianism, but few have followed the development of antimonopoly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

5. The most influential historical exponent of this idea has been Alfred D. Chandler; see The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Cambridge, Mass., 1977), and Scale and Scope: The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism (Cambridge, Mass., 1990). See also Porter Glenn, The Rise of Big Business, 1860–1910 (Arlington Heights, Ill., 1973); Galambos Louis, “The Emerging Organizational Synthesis in American History,” in Men and Organizations: The American Economy in the Twentieth Century, ed. Perkins Edwin J. (New York, 1977), 315, and “Technology, Political Economy, and Professionalization: Central Themes of the Organizational Synthesis,” Business History Review 57 no. 4 (Winter 1983), 471–93.

6. Parsons Stanley B., Parsons Karen T., Killilae Walter, and Borgers Beverly, “The Role of Cooperatives in the Development of the Movement Culture of Populism,” Journal of American History 69, no. 4 (03 1983), 866–85.

7. There have some attempts to arrive at cross-national definitions of populism, a term that has been applied to a great number of movements in a variety of countries. But these efforts offer little insight into the role of populism in American history. See Wiles Peter, “A Syndrome, Not a Doctrine: Some Elementary Theses on Populism,” in Populism: Its Meaning and National Characteristics, ed. Ionescu G. and Gellner E. (London, 1969), 166–79; Richard Hofstadter, “North America,” in ibid., 9–27; Canovan Margaret, Populism (New York, 1981), and “Two Strategies for the Study of Populism,” Political Studies 30, no. 4 (Fall 1982), 544–52. In a similar fashion, Kazin Michael, in his book The Populist Persuasion: An American History (New York, 1995), adopts such a vague definition of populism, as a political language that invokes a broadly conceived entity called the people, and includes such a variety of movements and ideas in his analysis that the very term populism becomes bereft of all historical distinctiveness. Further more, Kazin largely ignores the economic theory that, as outlined in this article, formed the core of nineteenth-century populism.

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21. Meyers Marvin, The Jacksonian Persuasion: Politics and Belief (Stanford, Calif., 1957), 10; the Jackson quote is on pages 23–24. See also Ward John W., Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age (New York, 1955); and Kohl Lawrence F., The Politics of Individualism: Parties and American Character in the Jacksonian Era (New York, 1989).

22. Quoted in Ashworth Jon, “Agrarians” and “Aristocrats”: Party Political Ideology in the United States, 1837–1846 (Cambridge, 1983), 128. See also Conklin Paul K., Prophets of Prosperity: America's First Political Economists (Bloomington, Ind., 1980).

23. Stephen Simpson, in Blau, Social Theories, 145.

24. See also Hammond Bray, Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War (Princeton, N.J., 1957), 740741. On American banking policies in general, see Timberlake Richard H., Monetary Policy in the United States: An Intellectual and Institutional History (Chicago, 1993).

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27. Wilentz Sean, Chants Democratic: New York City & the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788–1850 (New York, 1984); id., “Artisan Republican Festivals and the Rise of Class Conflict in New York City, 1788–1837,” in Working-Class America: Essays on Labor, Community, and American Society, ed. Frisch Michael H. and Walkowitz Daniel J. (Urbana, Ill., 1983), 3777; Laurie Bruce, Artisans into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth-Century America (New York, 1989); Ross Steven J., Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788–1890 (New York, 1985); Rodgers, “Republicanism,” 28–29. For a very different perspective, see Diggins John P., “Comrades and Citizens: New Mythologies in American Historiography,” American Historical Review 90, no. 3 (06 1985), 614–38.

28. Bridges Amy, A City in the Republic: Antebellum New York and the (higins of Machine Politics (Cambridge, 1984), 114; id., “Becoming American: The Working Classes in the United States before the Civil War,” in Working-Class Formation: Nineteenth-Century Patterns in Western Europe and the United States, ed. Katznelson Ira and Zolberg Aristide R. (Princeton, N.J., 1986), 157–96.

29. Laurie Bruce, Working People of Philadelphia, 1800–1850 (Philadelphia, 1980), 109, 173; Pessen Edward, Most Uncommon Jacksonians: The Radical Leaders of the Early Labor Movement (Albany, N.Y., 1967), 121, 191; Faler Paul G., Mechanics and Manufacturers in the Early Industrial Revolution: Lynn, Massachusetts, 1780–1860 (Albany, N.Y, 1981), 215; Hugins Walter, Jacksonian Democracy and the Working Class: A Study of the New York Workingmen's Movement (Stanford, Calif., 1960), 149; Byrdsall Fitzwilliam, The History of the Loco-Foco or Equal Rights Party: Its Movements, Conventions and Proceedings, with Short Characteristic Speeches of Its Prominent Men (New York, 1842).

30. William Leggett, “Democratic Editorials,” in Blau, Social Theories, 75; Hofstadter Richard, “William Leggett, Spokesman of Jacksonian Democracy,” Political Science Quarterly 58, no. 4 (12 1943), 581–94; Degler Carl N., “The Loco-Focos: Urban ‘Agrarians’,” Journal of Economic History 16, no. 3 (09 1956), 322–33; Trimble William. “Diverging Tendencies in New York Democracy in the Period of the Loco Focos,” American Historical Review 24, no. 3 (04 1919), 396421. Some scholars have also argued that the world of American workers was bifurcated between a political arena dominated by ethnicity and labor unions conserned with economic issues. But with American parties devoting a good deal of their rhetoric and programs to economic issues, it is difficult to conceive that the participation of workers in the political arena did not also reflect their economic concerns. See Katznelson Ira, City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United Stales (New York, 1981); id., “Working Class Formation and the State: Nineteenth-Century England in American Perspective,” in Evans et al., Bringing the State Back In, 257–84; Martin Shefter, “Trade Unions and Political Machines: The Organization and Disorganization of the American Working Class in the Late Nineteenth Century,” in Katznelson and Zolberg, Working-Class Formation, 197–276.

31. For the presence of antimonopoly sentiments in other areas, see Zahler Helene S.Eastern Working men and National Land Policy, 1829–1862 (New York, 1941); Goodman Paul, “The Emergence of Homestead Exemption in the United States: Accommodation and Resistance to the Market Economy,” Journal of American History 80, no. 2 (09 1993), 470–98; Foner Eric, Politics and Ideology in the Age of the. Civil War (New York, 1980), 24; id., Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War (New York, 1970), 88–91; Glickstein Jonathan A., Concepts of Free Labor in Antebellum America (New Haven, Conn., 1991).

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33. One further noteworthy feature of Greenbackism was the strong support it received from organized labor. Even before western farmers discovered the issue, eastern labor leaders had been in the forefront of the attack on the injustices of a monetary system that lodged power over the national currency in the hands of private parties with a distinct set of interests. See Montgomery David, “William H. Sylvis and the Search for Working-Class Citizenship,” in Labor Leaders in America, ed. Dubofsky Melvyn and Van Tine Warren (Urbana, Ill, 1987), 19; id., Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862–1872 (New York, 1967), 441; Richard Oestreicher, “Terence V. Powderly, the Knights of Labor, and Artisanal Republicanism,” in Dubofky and Van Tine, Labor Leaders, 43–44; and id., “Socialism and the Knights of Labor in Detroit, 1877–1886,” Labor History 22, no. 1 (Winter 1981), 5–30.

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35. Benson Lee, Merchants, Farmers, and Railroads: Railroad Regulation and New York Politics, 1850–1887 (Cambridge, Mass., 1955), VIII; Miller George H., Railroads and the Granger Laws (Madison, Wis., 1971); Treleven Dale E., “Railroads, Elevators, and Grain Dealers: The Genesis of Antimonopolism in Milwaukee,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 52, no. 3 (Spring 1979), 205–22; Woodman Harold D., “Chicago Businessmen and the ‘Granger’ Laws,” Agricultural History 36, no. 1 (01 1962), 1624.

36. Buck Solon J., The Granger Movement: A Story of Agricultural Organization and Its Political, Economic, and Social Manifestations, 1870–1880 (Cambridge, Mass., 1913), 89, 98–100; Throne Mildred, “The Anti-Monopoly Party in Iowa, 1873–1874,” Town Journal of History 52, no. 4 (10 1954), 289326; Ostler Jeffrey, Prairie Populism: The Fate of Agrarian Radicalism in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa, 1880–1892 (Lawrence, Kans., 1993), 3839; Clanton Gene, Populism: The Humane Preference in America, 1890–1900 (Boston, 1991), 812. Although the Grange also operated in the South, there was less interest there in railroad regulation due to the limited extent of railroad lines in the section. See Arnett Alex M., The Populist Movement in Georgia: A View of the “Agrarian Crusade” in the Light of Solid-South Politics (New York, 1922), 33; Clark John B., Populism in Alabama, 1874–1896 (Auburn, Ala., 1927), 40; and Saloutos Theodore, Farmer Movements in the South, 1865–1933 (Berkeley, 1960), 38.

37. Nordin D. Sven, Rich Harvest: A History of the Grange, 1867–1900 (Jackson, Miss., 1974), 240; Woods Thomas A., Knights of the Plow: Oliver H. Kelley and the Origins of the Grange in Republican Ideology (Ames, Iowa, 1991).

38. Carr Ezra S., The Patrons of Husbandry on the Pacific Coast … (San Francisco, 1875); Castensen Vernon, ed., Farmer Discontent, 1865–1900 (New York, 1974), 30, 83; Curtis George T., “The Ownership of Railroad Property,” North American Review 132 (04 1881), 345–55; Norris Edward W., History of the Grange, or, The Farmer's War against Monopolies (Philadelphia, 1967 [1873]).

39. On the railroads and the courts, see Cortner Richard C., The Iron Horse and the Constitution: The Railroads and the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment (Westport, Conn., 1993); and McAfee Ward M., “A Constitutional History of Railroad Rate Regulation in California, 1879–1911,” Pacific Historical Quarterly 37, no. 3 (08 1968), 265–79. On the railroad issue in Midwestern legislatures, see Campbell Ballard C., Representative Democracy: Public Policy and Midwestern Legislators in the Late Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, Mass., 1980), 66.

40. Lloyd Henry Demarest, “Lords of Industry,” North American Review 138, no. 331 (06 1884), 552; id., “The Story of a Great Monopoly,” Atlantic Monthly 47, no. 281 (March 1881); 333; id., “The Political Economy of Seventy-Three Million Dollars,” Atlantic Monthly 50, no. 297 (July 1882), 69–81; id., “Making Bread Dear,” North American Review 137, no. 321 (August 1883), 118–36. See Cooley T.M., “State Regulation of Corporate Profits,” North American Review 137 (09 1883), 205–17. For a different perspective, compare Carnegie Andrew, “The Bugaboo of Trusts,” North American Review 148 (02 1889), 141150.

41. Knauth Oswald W., The Policy of the United States toward Industrial Monopoly (New York 1914), 16.

42. Palmer Bruce, “Man Over Money”: The Southern Populist Critique of American Capitalism (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1980), 219; Goodwyn , Democratic Promise; id., “Rethinking ‘Populism’: Paradoxes of Historiography and Democracy,” Telos 88 (Summer 1991), 3756; Hahn, Roots of Southern Populism; Rogers William W., The One-Gallused Rebellion: Agrarianism in Alabama, 1865–1896 (Baton Rouge, 1970); Nelson Richard, “The Cultural Contradictions of Populism: Tom Watson's Tragic Vision of Power, Politics, and History,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 72, no. 1 (Spring 1988), 129; Holmes, “Populism: In Search of Context.” Richard J. Ellis, in particular, has recendy argued that the Populists, in contrast to the Grangers and Greenbackers in the 1870s, no longer believed that a free market would lead to an equality of opportunities. Rather, they came to argue that the free market itself produced inequality and poverty and that only cooperation constituted an effective remedy. While some Populists certainly took that position and moved close to a socialist model of political economy, the majority did not but continued to argue in the tradition of populist republicanism. See Ellis , “Rival Visions of Equality in American Political Culture,” Review of Politics 54, no. 2 (Spring 1992), 253–80.

43. Stanley B. Parsons, “The Role of Cooperatives,” 883; Ostler, Prairie Populism. See also Elazar Daniel J., “Political Culture on the Plains,” Western Historical Quarterly 11, no. 3 (07 1980), 261–83; Anderson Eric, “The Populists and Capitalist America: The Case of Edgecombe County, North Carolina,” in Race, Class, and Politics in Southern History, ed. Crow Jeffrey J., Escott Paul D., and Flynn Charles L. Jr (Baton Rouge, 1989), 125.

44. Weaver James B., A Call to Action: An Interpretation of the Great Uprising. Its Source and Causes (Des Moines, Iowa, 1892), 394.

45. McDonald-Valesh Eva, “The Strength and Weakness of the People's Movement,” The Arena 5, no. 30 (05 1892) 729.

46. On the populist movement, see also Peffer William A., The Farmer's Side: His Troubles and Their Remedies (New York, 1891), 169; id., Populism: Its Rise and Fall, ed. Argersinger Peter H. (Lawrence, Kans., 1992), 36; Larson Robert W., Populism in the Mountain West (Albuquerque, N.Mex., 1986), 13; id., New Mexico Populism: A Study of Radical Protest in a Western Territory (Boulder, Colo., 1974); Clinch Thomas A., Urban Populism and Free Silver in Montana (Helena, Mont., 1970); Griffiths David, Populism in the Western United States, 1890–1900 (Lewiston, 1992); McMath Robert C. JrAmerican Populism: A Social History (New York, 1993); Miller Worth R., Oklahoma Populism: A Hsitory of the People's Party in Oklahoma Territory (Norman, Okla., 1987); Nugent Walter T.K., The Tolerant Populists: Kansas Population and Nativism (Chicago, 1963); Shaw Burton, The Wool-Hal Boys: Georgia's Populist Party (Baton Rouge, 1984); Parsons Stanley B. Jr, The Populist Context: Rural Versus Urban Power on a Great Plains Frontier (Westport, Conn., 1973).

47. Yet there was also an earlier tradition of scholarship that interpreted the rise of big business in terms very similar to the Populists. See josephson Matthew, The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861–1901 (New York, 1934); Bridges Hal, “The Robber Baron Concept in American History,” Business History Review 32, no. 1 (Spring 1958), 113; Destler Chester M., “Entrepreneurial Leadership among the ‘Robber Barons’: A Trial Balance,” The Tasks of Economic History (Supplemental Issue of the Journal of Economic History) 6 (1946), 2844.

48. Flower Benjamin O., “Is Socialism Desirable?,” The Arena 3, no. 18 (05 1891), 753; id., “The Menace of Plutocracy,” The Arena 6, no. 34 (September 1892), 510–11; id., “Twenty-Five Years of Bribery and Corrupt Practices, or the Railroads, the Lawmakers, the People,” The Arena 31, no. 1 (January 1904), 12–49. See also Gaither Gerald H., Blacks and the Populist Revolt: Ballots and Bigotry in the “New South” (Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1977), 56: Ashby N.B., The Riddle of the Sphinx: A Discussion of the Economic Questions Relating to Agriculture, Land, Transportation, Money, Taxation, and Cost of Interchange (Des Moines, Iowa, 1890), 95, 141; Sticknev A.B., The Railway Problem (St. Paul, Minn., 1891), 162, 168–69.

49. On the experiences of Populist legislators, see Argersinger Peter H., “Ideology and Behavior: Legislative Politics and Western Populism,” Agricultural History, 58, no. 1 (01 1984), 4359; id., “Populists in Power: Public Policy and Legislative Behavior,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 18, no. 1 (Summer 1987), 81–105; Clanton Gene, “‘Hayseed Socialism’ on the Hill: Congressional Populism, 1891–1895,” Western Historical Quarterly 15, no. 2 (04 1984), 139162; and Morris John R., Davis H. Waite: The Ideology of a Western Populist (Washington, D.C., 1982).

50. Quoted in Hicks John D., The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmers' Alliance and the People's Party (Minneapolis, Minn., 1931), 79. On the Populists and the law, see also Hunt James L., “Populism, Law, and the Corporation: The 1897 Kansas Supreme Court,” Agricultural History 66, no. 4 (Fall 1992), 2854; and Westin Alan F., “Populism and the Supreme Court.” Supreme Court Historical Society Yearbook, 1980, 6277.

51. Quoted in Pollack, Just Polity, 29, 56–57; Lustig R. Jeffrey, Corporate Liberalism: The Origins of Modern American Political Theory, 1890–1920 (Berkeley, 1982), 69; Rapsher W.M., “Dangerous Trusts,” North American Review 146 (05 1888), 509–14; Watson Thomas E., “Why the People's Party Should Elect the Next President,” The Arena 6, no. 32 (05 1892), 201204; Thelen David P., The New Citizenship: Origins of Progressivism in Wisconsin, 1885–1900 (Columbia, Mo., 1972), 2, 208–210; Willard Cvrus F., “Trusts,” The Arena 2, no. 11 (10 1890), 626–29.

52. Spahr Charles B., An Essay on the Present Distribution of Wealth in the United States (New York, 1896), 3; Taubeneck Herman E., “The Concentration of Wealth, Its Cause and Results,” The Arena 18, no. 94 (09 1897), 300.

53. Quoted in Destler, American Radicalism, 216. On the issue of land monopoly, Cf. McFarlane Larry A., “Nativism or Not: Perceptions of British Investment in Kansas, 1882–1901,” Great Plains Quarterly 7, no. 4 (Fall 1987), 23243; and Pentecost Hugh O., “Poverty and Plutocracy: A Glance at Our Present Strained Conditions,” The Arena 2, no. 9 (08 1890), 373–75.

54. Bryce Lloyd S., “Errors in Prof. Bryce's ‘Commonwealth’,” North American Review 148 (03 1889), 352. In a series of educational programs developed by Charles Macune, the leading spirit of the Southern Farmers' Alliance around 1890, to further spread the organization, the argument that legislation caused uneven levels of wealth was highly important, indicating that Macune hoped to use well-established arguments to recruit new members. See Mitchell Theodore R., Political Education in the Southern Farmers' Alliance, 1887–1900 (Madison, Wis., 1987), 115–16.

55. See Berk Gerald, “Constituting Corporations and Markets: Railroads in Gilded Age Politics,” Studies in American Political Development 4 (1990), 130–68; id., Alternative Tracks: The Constitution of American Industrial Order, 1865–1917 (Baltimore, 1994); May James, “Antitrust in the Formative Era: Political and Economic Theory in Constitutional and Antitrust Analysis,” Ohio State Law Journal 60 (1989), 258395; McCurdy Charles W., “Justice Field and the Jurisprudence of Government-Business Relations: Some Parameters of Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism, 1863–1897,” Journal of American History 61, no. 4 (03 1975), 9701005; id., “American Law and the Marketing Structure of the Large Corporation, 1875–1900,” Journal of Economic History 38, no. 3 (September 1978), 648–49; Sklar Martin J., The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890–1916: The Market, the Law, and Politics (New York, 1988), 5152; Adams Alton D., “State Control of Trusts,” Political Science Quarterly 18, no. 4 (09 1903), 462–79; Small Albion W., “The State of Semi-Public Corporations,” American Journal of Sociology 1, no. 4 (01 1896), 398410; Piott Steven L., The Antimonopoly Persuasion: Popular Resistance to the Rise of Big Business in the Midwest (Westport, Conn., 1985), 31, 35–36, 42–43, 50.

56. Civic Federation of Chicago, Chicago Conference on Trusts (Chicago, 1990), 40, 65.

57. Ibid., 45, 48.

58. Ibid., 111, 274, 418–19, 466. Davis, who was elected governor of Arkansas in 1900, was indeed a tireless crusader against corporations and trusts in his home state, launching prosecutions against a variety of trusts. See Grantham Dewey W., Southern Progressivism: The Reconciliation of Progress and Tradition (Knoxville, Tenn., 1983), 91.

59. Ibid., 286. A national antitrust conference was also held in Chicago a few months after the one sponsored by the Chicago Civic Federation. Its deliberations were dominated by the idea that corporations and monopolies were the result of government action. See Official Report of the National Anti-Trust Conference (Chicago, 1900).

60. Leon Fink, “The Uses of Political Power: Toward a Theory of the Labor Movement in the Era of the Knights of Labor,” in Frisch and Walkowitz, Working-Class America, 104–22; Hattam Victoria, “Economic Visions and Political Strategies: American Labor and the State, 1865–1896,” Studies in American Political Development 4 (1990), 9092; Schneider Linda, “The Citizen Striker: Workers' Ideology in the Homestead Strike of 1892,” Studies in American Political Development 23, no. 1 (Winter 1982), 4766; Levine Susan, “Labor's True Woman: Domesticity and Equal Rights in the Knights of Labor,” Journal of American History 70, no. 2 (09 1983), 323–39; Montgomery David, “Labor and the Republic in Industrial America, 1860–1920,” Le Mouvement Social 111 (0406 1980), 206; Richard Oestreicher, “Terence V. Powderly, the Knights of Labor, and Artisanal Republicanism,” in Dubofsky and Van Tine, Labor Leaders in America, 30–61; Wilentz Sean, “Against Exceptionalism: Class Consciousness and the American Labor Movement, 1790–1920,” International Labor and Working Class History 26, no. 3 (Fall 1984), 1415; Voss Kim, The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century (Ithaca, N.Y, 1993).

61. Gompers Samuel, “Organized Labor in the Campaign,” North American Review 155 (07 1892), 93; Chicago Conference on Trusts, 330; Oestreicher Richard, “Urban Working-Class Political Behavior and Theories of American Electoral Politics, 1870–1940,” Journal of American History 74, no. 1 (03 1988), 1257–86; Hattam, “Economic Visions”; Shefter, “Trades Unions and Political Machines,” 272–73; Goldschmidt Eli, “Labor and Populism: New York City, 1891–1896,” Labor History 13 no. 4 (Fall 1972), 520–32. Saxton Alexander, “San Francisco Labor and the Populist and Progressive Insurgencies,” Pacific Historical Quarterly 34, no. 4 (11 1965), 421–38. On the relations between workers and the trusts, see also Clark John B., “Monopoly and the Struggle of Classes,” Political Science Quarterly 18, no. 4 (12 1903), 599613. In his continued emphasis on the power of the ballot, Eugene Debs occupies a curious position. Although the socialists argued that centralization was an inevitable consequence of capitalist evolution, they also championed political reform much in the same way as the Knights of Labor. See Salvatore Nick, Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist (Urbana, Ill., 1982).

62. On the nature of Progressive reform, see Hays Samuel P., “The Politics of Reform in Municipal Government in the Progressive Era,” Pacific Historical Quarterly 55, no. 4 (10 1964), 157–69; Hackney Sheldon, Populism to Progressivism in Alabama (Princeton, N.J., 1969), XIII: Clanton Gene, “Populism, Progressivism, and Equality: The Kansas Paradigm,” Agricultural History 51, no. 3 (07 1977), 559–81; McCormick Richard L., From Realignment to Reform: Political Change in New York State, 1893–1910 (Ithaca, N.Y., 1981): Hammack David, Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the Century (New York, 1982); Buenker John D., “Urban, New-Stock Liberalism and Progressive Reform in New Jersey,” New Jersey History 87, no. 2 (Summer 1969), 79104.

63. Rodgers Daniel T., “In Search of Progressivism,” Reviews in American History 10, no. 4 (12 1892), 123–24.

64. Bryce James, “America Revisited: The Changes of a Quarter-Century,” The Outlook 79 (04 1, 1905), 848–49. Some American historians, such as Gabriel Kolko and James Weinstein, have stressed that efforts to regulate corporations and trusts were dominated by big business itself. But in a comparative perspective, the United States clearly had by far the strongest antitrust movement of all Western industrial nations. Many of the practices, such as cartelization, outlawed in America were common practice in such countries as Germany and France. While antimonopolists could not derail the growth of big business, they did have a noticeable impact on its legal and public standing. See Keller Morton, “Public Policy and Large Enterprise: Comparative Historical Perspectives,” in Law and the Formation of the Big Enterprises in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, ed. Horn Norbert and Kocka Juergen (Goettingen, 1979), 523531.

65. Howe Frederick C., Privilege and Democracy in America (New York, 1910), 51, 68; Warner, Progressivism in Ohio 31. See also Miller Charles G., “The Trust Question: Its Development in America,” The Arena 23, no. 1 (01 1900), 4050.

66. Mohler Charles K., “Public Utility Regulation by Los Angeles,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 53 (05 1914), 117; Phelan James B., “Municipal Conditions in California,” The Arena 17, no. 91 (06 1897), 991–92.

67. Between 1902 and 1907, state legislatures passed about 800 railroad laws. See Keller Morton, Regulating a New Economy: Public Policy and Economic Change in America, 1900–1933 (Cambridge, Mass., 1990), 47. This is not meant to suggest that regulatory efforts slowed down at the state level. Many businesses that operated on the local or state level, insurance companies and power companies, for instance, found themselves under closer state supervision. Many states also strengthened their railroad commissions despite the growing power of the Interstate Commerce Commission. In the area of trusts and corporate privileges, though, the federal level loomed larger due to the interstate nature of the trusts. For other studies of Progressive reform efforts on the state level, see Grant H. Roger, Insurance Reform: Consumer Action in the Progressive Era (Ames, Iowa, 1979); Grantham, Southern Progressivism; id., “Hoke Smith: Progressive Governor of Georgia, 1907–1909,” Journal of Southern History 15, no. 4 (November 1949), 423–40; Woodward C. Vann, Origins of the New South, 1877–1913 (Baton Rouge, 1951); McCormich, From Realignment to Reform

68. Taft quoted in Buenker John D., The Income Tax and the Progressive Era (NewYork, 1985), 107; Conant Charles A., “The New Corporation Tax,” North American Review 190 (08 1909), 235. For a similar attempt regarding public utilities at the local and state levels, see Ford John, “Taxation of Public Franchises,” North American Review 168 (06 1899), 730–38; Seligman E.R.A., “The Franchise Tax Law in New York,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 13 (07 1899), 445–52.

69. Johnson Arthur M., “Antitrust Policy in Transition, 1908: Ideal and Reality,” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 48, no. 3 (12 1961), 415–34; Urofsky Melvin I., “Proposed Federal Incorporation in the Progressive Era,” American Journal of Legal History 26, no. 2 (04 1982), 160–82; Grosscup Peter S., “Is There Common Ground on Which Thoughtful Men Can Meet on the Trust Question,” North American Review 195 (03 1912), 293309.

70. “The Paramount Issue,” The Outlook, May 28, 1910, 134; “The Insurgent League,” The Outlook, February 4, 1911, 256–57; “The Progressive League Platform,” The Outlook, February 18, 1911, 346–48; White William A., “The Insurgence of Insurgency,” American Magazine 71, no. 2 (12 1910), 170174; Fillebrown C.B., “The Taxation of Privilege,” The Outlook, 02 5, 1910, 311–13. In their search for the mechanisms behind the formation of monopolies, the insurgents distinguished between two factors: the outright grant of a monopoly to a private party by the government, such as in the case of street railway franchises, and the creation of a monopoly by one corporation by purchasing its rivals. See “The Progressive Movement: V – Monopoly,” The Outlook, October 12, 1912, 288–91.

71. See, e.g., Gable John A., The Bull Moose Years: Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party (Port Washington, N.Y., 1979).

72. Smith Herbert K., “Corporate Regulation – An Administrative Office,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 42 (07 1912), 287.

73. Roosevelt Theodore, “Nationalism and Democracy,” The Outlook, 03 25, 1911, 622–23; id., “Nationalism and Popular Rule,” The Outlook, January 21, 1911, 96–101; id., “Nationalism and Special Privilege,” The Outlook, January 28, 1911, 145–48; id., “Progressive Democracy: The People and the Courts,” The Outlook, August 17, 1912, 855–57.

74. Roosevelt Theodore, “The Progressives, Past and Present,” The Outlook, 09 3, 1910, 24, 27.

75. Woodrow Wilson, for instance, contended in 1909 that the protective tariff was one of the “entrenchments of Special Privilege.” See Wilson , “The Tariff Make-Believe,” North American Review 190 (10 1909), 541.

76. Croly Herbert, “Democratic Factions and Insurgent Republicans,” North American Review 191 (05 1910), 627; id., Progressive Democracy (New York, 1915), 106; Newlands Francis G., “Review and Criticism of Anti-Trust Legislation,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 42 (07 1912), 289–95.

77. Brandeis Louis, The Curse of Bigness: Miscellaneous Papers of Louis Brandeis, ed. Fraenkel Osmond K. (Port Washington, N.Y., 1965), 138, 105; id., Other People's Money How the Bankers Use It (New York, 1967 [1914]), 111, 128. On Brandeis, see also Strum Philippa, Louis D. Brandeis: Justice for the People (Cambridge, Mass., 1984); id., Brandeis: Beyond Progressivism (Lawrence, Kans., 1993); Urofsky Melvin I., A Mind of One Piece: Brandeis and American Reform (New York, 1971); McCraw Thomas K., Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn (Cambridge, Mass., 1984). See also Meade E.S., “The Fallacy of ‘Big Business,’Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 42 (07 1912), 8388.

78. Wilson Woodrow, The New Freedom: A Call for the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People (New York, 1913), 180; Urofsky Melvin I., “Wilson, Brandeis, and the Trust Issue, 1912–1914,” Mid-America 49, no. 1 (01 1967), 328. On the extent to which business leaders engaged in illegal practices, see Engelbourg Saul, Power and Morality: American Business Ethics, 1840–1914 (Westport, Conn., 1980).

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