Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William C. Pratt


After nearly forty years, John D. Hicks' The Populist Revolt remains the standard work on Populism. Despite the shortcomings of ignoring the international economic context and a tendency to accept at face value the Populists' complaints, it is the best one volume of political history of the movement. In addition, it established the interpretive framework in which the subject has been viewed. This framework consists of two components, the agrarian and the retrogressive contexts. Populism was a political reform movement led by economically distressed farmers in the south and midwest, joined by the western silver states, that sprung from the peculiar social and economic conditions of those regions in the last two decades of the nineteenth century.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Samuel Emlen Walker June, 1970

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