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ERIC Number: ED088114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 22
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The Building of a Populist Impulse.
Heiman, Hazel
During the late nineteenth century, political rhetoric in some regions of the United States was affected by the philosophy of "populism," based on the belief that government exists to serve all the people, not just special interests. The Populist Party thrived in isolated rural areas, particularly the Dakota territories, at a time when residents were seeking political force to organize for statehood. The party also served as a platform for farmers to express their dissatisfaction with the distant industrial, business, and economic interests that they felt controlled them. Persuasive appeals were based on political and economic discontent, a fear of natural conditions and failure, and the isolated farmers' needs for social interaction. As community centers were established, there were increasing occasions for face-to-face communication. Persuasive dialogues occurred during such meetings as summer encampments and conventions, chautaquas, lyceums, and particularly political rallies. As a reform movement, populism reached its climax in South Dakota in 1896 when the party slate was elected. (RN)
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