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Radical Protest and Social Structure - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126328509, 9781483260839

Radical Protest and Social Structure

1st Edition

The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880–1890

Author: Michael Schwartz
eBook ISBN: 9781483260839
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 314
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Radical Protest and Social Structure: The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880-1890 provides an analysis of the occurrence of protest, its growth, and demise through the study of the Southern Farmers' Alliance, the largest and most radical component of American Populism. The monograph presents historical and sociological facts and aims to interpret protest movements and the social structure they seek to reform. Chapters are devoted to the discussion of tenancy, southern politics, and the spiral of agrarian protest; organization and history of the Southern Farmers' Alliance; the role of the social structure in the behavior of social movements; and the determinants of organized protest. The book will be invaluable to historians, sociologists, researchers, and students.

Table of Contents





1 Tenancy, Southern Politics, and the Spiral of Agrarian Protest

I The One-Crop Cotton Tenancy System

2 Basic Tenancy Relationships

The Basic Tenant-Landlord Relationship

The Merchant and the Crop Lien

3 The Tenancy System

The System of Supply and Credit

The System of Marketing

4 The Dynamics of Change in Southern Farm Tenancy

The Landlord and the Merchant

Yeoman and Tenant

From Tenant to Laborer

5 Cotton Tenancy, Farmer Immiseration, and the Reemergence of the Planter Aristocracy

Cotton Domination of Southern Agriculture

Farmer Insolvency and the True Extent of Tenancy

The "New" Landlord Class

II An Organizational History of the Southern Farmers' Alliance

6 Growth and Merger

Early Growth and Merger

The Farmers' Associations

The Merger of the Alliance and the Wheel

Organizational History, Organizational Structure, Social Class, and Oligarchy

7 Structure and Structural Tension within the Alliance

Alliance Organization

The Social Origins of Leadership and Membership

Newspapers and the Leadership-Membership Contradiction

Financing the Alliance

The Farmers' Alliance and the Southern Tenant

Farming System

III Theoretical Considerations

8 Defining the Farmers' Alliance

9 The Parameters of Organizational Behavior

Rationality and Irrationality

The Role of the Social Structure in the Behavior of Social Movements

Structured Ignorance

10 The Determinants of Organized Protest—Part 1

The Class Makeup of the Organization

Internal Structure and Functioning of the Organization

The Nature of the Active and Potential Opposition

The Nature of the Active and Potential Support

11 The Determinants of Organized Protest—Part 2

The Structural Position of the Organization's Membership in the Structure to Be Challenged

The Prevailing Analysis of the Situation

The Previous Actions and Their Outcomes

12 The Life of Protest Organizations

The Birth and Death of Protest

IV The Process of Alliance Protest

13 Local Economic Action and the Process of Escalation

14 The Alliance Exchange: The Ultimate Counterinstitution

15 The Great Jute Boycott

16 The Farmers' Alliance in and around Richmond County, North Carolina

Co-op Buying in Mountain Creek

The AUiance Enters North Carolina

Local Actions and Merchant Counterattack

The Struggle for the AUiance Exchange

The Jute Boycott

The Entry into Politics

17 The Logic of the Shift into Politics


18 The Legacy of Populism Defeated

Subject Index


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