By Nathan Jessen
American reformers on the flip of the 20 th century have lengthy been misrepresented as accomplices of empire. really, as Populism and Imperialism makes transparent, they have been imperialism’s leader opponents—and that competition contributed to their final defeat. Correcting the checklist, Jessen charts the fortunes of the Populists in the course of the 19th century’s final decade. He indicates that, opposite to the normal narrative, Populists remained robust in West after the election of 1896; they simply suffered their ultimate political reverses in 1900 after being branded as unpatriotic traitors via their rivals. in reality, the Populists and Democrats within the West favourite struggle with Spain for humanitarian purposes; a few between them led the competition to Hawaiian annexation and—as leaders of the anti-imperialists in Congress from 1899 on—the profession of the Philippines.
Jessen additionally addresses the little-studied “money energy” conspiracy concept that explains a key portion of the Populist worldview. This idea, linking ecu imperialism and the turning out to be monetary and political energy of financiers, stirred Populist competition to American imperialism as well.
Populism and Imperialism revises a serious bankruptcy in US background and gives classes for the current in addition to insights into the nation’s past.
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Populism and Imperialism: Politics, Culture, and Foreign Policy in the American West, 1890-1900 by Nathan Jessen