Paths of Resistance: Tradition and Dignity in by David R. Thelen

By David R. Thelen

The years among 1865 and 1920 have been eventful ones for the sake of Missouri. It was once not just the time of Jesse James, Scott Joplin, and Mark Twain, of innovative governors Joseph people and Herbert Hadley, of the 1st basic strike in St. Louis and a few in particular vicious vigilante job, it was once additionally the time while Missouri, like many different states, used to be being reworked by means of the tides of industrialism and financial progress. This social heritage examines the social and monetary forces that resisted monetary improvement in Missouri. right here, Thelen explores many of the ways in which humans tried to keep up their values and dignity within the face of overwhelming new financial, cultural, and political pressures, and analyzes the grassroots styles that emerged according to swift social switch. Thelen, who's one of many top historians of the innovative interval in the United States, contends that folks stumbled on their energy now not in school cohesion or different Marxist responses yet in what he calls "the resistance of people memories", which allowed them to name upon the simplest components in their collective previous to aid them do something about the recent scenario.

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19 From their experience inside the family, traditional Missourians grew up with the security of having fixed "places" in the social order and knowing their specific obligations toward people in other places. From the paternal bond between father and children came the traditional belief that the strong should care for the weak. From the fraternal bond between brothers came the traditional belief that people should come to the aid of others in distress. Out of mutual bonds and face-to-face transactions Missourians constructed personal networks and even institutions to strengthen the family's ability to control life.

Farm educators shared the vision. George C. " 25 The political and military victories of the Radical-Unionist forces in the 1860s gave public support to the agricultural promoters. Prior to those victories the State Agricultural Society, formed in 1853, and the State Horticultural Society, formed in 1859, had unsuccessfully agitated for state aid for agricultural education and development. Although many of the largest agricultural operations in the old order had been operated by slaves, the new promoters shared a common outlook with the victorious Radicals.

Freed from dependence on neighboring consumers, businesses could now produce for the huge markets that the railroads brought to their doorsteps. At the same time, however, they lost the security of local markets to faceless producers from distant places who now sold in their communities. One statistic traces the spectacularly new dimensions of the resulting competition. 13 Cheaper transportation forced businesses to produce more goods at lower prices. Failure to cut costs and increase production meant that a distant competitor would drive them out of business.

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