The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
“The Right to Work, to Starve, to Die”: The Forgotten Radical Heritage of Texas
In May 1886 thousands of radical Texas farmers and laborers convened in Central Texas, issuing a call for protecting farmers’ and workers’ rights. Labor unionist William E. Farmer of Bonham, soon-to-be-Populist and future founder of the Texas Socialist Party, warned his comrades that Texas had overproduced...
“Texas Out-radicals My Radicalism”: Roots of Radical Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas
In July 1867 the Texas Republican Party held its first statewide convention, at Houston. The platform produced by the delegates, many of whom had roots in the state’s antebellum politics, marked the new party as an organization possessing one of the most radical agendas in the state’s history. ...
Rebel Farmers: The Texas Farmers’ Alliance
The Farmers’ Alliance had its beginnings in a time of great hardship for farmers. Beginning in the mid-1870s, crop prices began to fall sharply. Texas farmers were hit hardest by the decline in cotton prices. Prior to 1875, cotton prices had fluctuated between $.12 and $.18 per pound. ...
“A Host of Sturdy Patriots”: The Texas Populists
Despite claims to the contrary, it was really no coincidence that two separate conventions were being held on consecutive days in Dallas in August 1891. One was the annual gathering of the state Farmers’ Alliance, the massively popular self-help organization that, although officially nonpartisan, had increasingly served as a political protest vehicle for struggling farmers over the previous several years. ...
The Texas Socialist Party
Thousands of Texans turned to the Socialist Party during the first two decades of the twentieth century in the hope of attaining a brighter future. Under the leadership of former Populists, the Socialist movement grew slowly at first. The party sponsored political rallies and educational campaigns, and further broadened its appeal through Socialist encampments. ...
Texas . . . Unions . . . Time: Unions in Texas from the Time of the Republic through the Great War, 1838– 1919
In the half century between 1870 and 1920 the Texas labor movement and its agrarian allies helped elect reform-minded men to public offices—and even when they failed to do so, their challenges sometimes persuaded the dominant Democratic Party to embrace reform. ...
Looking for Lefty: Liberal/ Left Activism and Texas Labor, 1920s–1960s
In the spring of 1985, at Houston’s University of St. Thomas, the late Texas historian Joe B. Frantz presented a paper entitled “The Mind of Texas.” Professor Frantz’s wit and wisdom enthralled the audience, especially his cogent observations on Texas ideology. ...
Not Whistling Dixie: Women’s Movements and Feminist Politics
Texas being such a big state, “it actually contains several different cultures. They are all rotten for women,” the late Molly Ivins once deadpanned in an article for Ms. magazine. Throughout most of the twentieth century the culture that progressive women struggled against was the southern one that Texas shared with the other states of the former Confederacy. ...
Confronting White Supremacy: The African American Left in Texas, 1874– 1974
On July 7, 1912, a gun battle broke out in the small mill town of Grabow, Louisiana, during a “lumber war” between members of the Brotherhood of Timber Workers (BTW), a biracial union in western Louisiana and East Texas, and forces representing the Southern Lumber Operators’ Association, an owner’s group set up not only...
More Than a Somnolent Type: Tejanos Resist the Rule of Dominance
Although the majority of Tejanos1 did not openly challenge the state’s economic and political systems, there was an active segment within the community that did dispute the circumstances inhibiting Mexican American yearnings for material betterment and social progress. ...
A Modern Liberal Tradition in Texas?
The values and goals expressed by liberals in post–World War II Texas originated in the political activism of such movements as the Farmers’ Alliance, Populism and organized labor of the late nineteenth century. ...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 680622457
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