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Agarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside 1904-1920 Paperback - 1999

by Jim Bissett


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Why was Oklahoma, of all places, more hospitable to socialism than any other state in America? In this provocative book, Jim Bissett chronicles the rise and fall of the Socialist Party of Oklahoma during the first two decades of the twentieth century, when socialism in the United States enjoyed its golden age. To explain socialism's popularity in Oklahoma, Bissett looks back to the state's strong tradition of agrarian reform. Drawing most of its support from working farmers, the Socialist Party of Oklahoma was rooted in such well-established organizations as the Farmers Alliance and the Indiahoma Farmers' Union. And to broaden its appeal, the Party borrowed from the ideology both of the American Revolution and of Christianity. By making Marxism speak in American terms, the author argues, Party activists counteracted the prevailing notion that socialism was illegitimate or un-American. Jim Bissett is Associate Professor of History at Elon College, North Carolina.

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It comes as something of a surprise that the strongest state expression of socialism in the United States occurred, not in the urban citadels of the American working class, but in the remote towns and hamlets of rural Oklahoma.

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  • Title Agarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside 1904-1920
  • Author Jim Bissett
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 272
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK
  • Date 1999-09-15
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780806134277 / 0806134275
  • Weight 0.69 lbs (0.31 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.52 x 5.48 x 0.6 in (21.64 x 13.92 x 1.52 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Cultural Region: Mid-South
    • Cultural Region: South
    • Geographic Orientation: Oklahoma
  • Dewey Decimal Code 355.009
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