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Drawing fabrics from journals and diaries, political records and spiritual sermons, prose and poetry, Giles Gunn's anthology offers a wide ranging survey of early American lifestyles and literature—including voices black and white, female and male, Hispanic, French, and local American.

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Early American Writing (Penguin Classics)

Drawing fabrics from journals and diaries, political files and spiritual sermons, prose and poetry, Giles Gunn's anthology offers a breathtaking survey of early American existence and literature—including voices black and white, female and male, Hispanic, French, and local American.

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Cattle syndicates bought out vast individual land grants and also attempted to fence lands within the communal land grants. White Farmers' Alliance members occasionally made common cause with Hispanic farmers against the cattlemen. In San Miguel County 30 FARMERS Hispanos organized a militant People's party in the midst of a bitter struggle to protect the communal holdings of the Las Vegas Community Grant from the land grabbing of Anglo ranchers. 16 When the dust of the fence war settled in the Cross Timbers counties of Texas, the Farmers' Alliance turned its attention to the business of boosting real estate values.

He joined the Milam County Farmers' Alliance in the spring of 1886. Soon thereafter he quit his medical practice to work for the Alliance full-time. He committed himself to transforming the as yet ill-defined Alliance into a national organization for the professional progress of the farmer. Precisely why he made this commitment remains unclear. His detractors within the movement would accuse him of running the Alliance for his private gain. Although such charges were never proven, he gave the appearance of being attached to the salary and other amenities that his elevated position offered.

Still, farm reformers recognized the advantages of size and concentration. They, too, believed that bigger was indeed better. To explain rural poverty they pointed to the farmers' late entry into the modern business world of combination: hence the necessity of the Farmers' Alliance and similar organizations. " Dunning's idea—repeated in Alliance editorials, letters to the editor, and lectures—reflected a conviction that spurred the agrarian revolt. 32 It also remains hidden under the veil of romantic history that surrounds farmers' cooperatives.

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