Radical Protest and Social Structure The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880-1890
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"Michael Schwartz's book is really three books in one—an analysis of the structural changes that produced one of the most oppressive social systems the world has known (the one-crop cotton tenancy economy and the system of institutionalized racism and authoritarian one-party politics that was required to preserve the fragile economic arrangement); a theoretical analysis of the origins, mobilization, and outcome of insurgent challenges; and a meticulous application of that theory to the rise and collapse of the Populist movement."—Craig Jenkins, Theory and Society
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/25/1988
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Tenancy, Southern Politics, and the Spiral of Agrarian Protest I. The One-Crop Cotton Tenancy System2. Basic Tenancy Relationships The Basic Tenant—Landlord Relationship The Merchant and the Crop Lien 3. The Tenancy System The System of Supply an 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 Farmer's 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 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 Alliance Enters North Carolina Local Actions and Merchant Counterattack The Struggle for the Alliance Exchange The Jute Boycott The Entry into Politics 17. The Logic of the Shift into Politics Conclusion 18. The Legacy of Populism Defeated Subject Index