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The big fair! Seventh year! Marshall County exposition

Marshall County Agricultural Society

This poster announces the seventh Marshall County exposition to be held in Marysville, Kansas. Highlights of the event include a solders reunion, a veteran's rifle shooting competition, two bands, and an opening address by former Kansas governor George Anthony.


Mary E. Lease to Joseph Hebbard

Lease, Mary Elizabeth, 1853-1933

In this brief letter Mary Elizabeth Lease, a Populist reformer who spoke out against the mistreatment of farmers, thanks Joseph Hebbard, treasurer of the Farmer's Alliance, for his help. She also asks him to do her one more favor: send some information about poverty demographics compiled by the Republicans in order to "dose them with their own medicine." Lease is apparently writing from Hiawatha, Kansas.


Santa Fe Wheat Festival Special

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company

This Wheat Festival Special was operated by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. It traveled throughout Kansas July 19-July 30, 1926, to numerous Kansas communities. Other organizations that cooperated to operate the train included the following: The Kansas State Agricultural College, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, The Kansas State Grain Inspection Department, the Southwestern Wheat Improvement Association and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, under authority of the Kansas Public Service Commission. The flyer lists the speakers and their topics. Miss Vada Watson, the Kansas Wheat Girl, was one of the special attractions.


A party of patches

Judge Magazine

This political cartoon drawn by Bernard Gilliam was copied from the satirical magazine Judge presents the Republican perception of the People's (Populist) Party. The artist depicts the People's Party as a hot air balloon made up of a patchwork of pieces, with each piece labeled with the name of the political organization or party that has been subsumed under the banner of the Populists. Some of the more recognizable "patches" include the Prohibition Party, the Greenback Party, the Farmer's Alliance, and the Knights of Labor Party. Inside the balloon's basket are two leading Populists from Kansas, William Peffer and "Sockless" Jerry Simpson.


The sub-treasury plan and the land and loan system

Scott, S. M.

S. M. Scott was an "assistant lecturer for the Kansas Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union." The pamphlet discusses the Alliance sub-treasury plan in detail, including objections to it. The volume also has chapters about government loans on real estate and the power of railroads.


Rock Island wheat festival special

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company

This flyer advertises the dates that the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Company "Wheat Festival Special" will visit numerous Kansas towns along its route. It will in Kansas August 2 through 7, 1926. The train is operated in cooperation with the Kansas Agricultural College, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, the Kansas State Grain Inspection Department, the Southwestern Wheat Improvement Association, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Public Service Commission. The flyer lists speakers and their topics. Miss Vada Watson, the Kansas Wheat Queen, is one of the "special attractions" accompanying the train. A. W Large is in charge of the train for the railroad company.


How to organize an Alliance

Topeka Commonwealth

This brief article from the Topeka Commonwealth outlines the basics of how to assemble a local branch of the Farmer's Alliance and the objectives of this reform organization. These objectives included obtaining fair prices for farm produce, enabling farmers to protect themselves against corrupt and unethical businessmen, eliminating government corruption, and opposing legislation that would aid big business at the expense of farmers. The Farmer's Alliance movement would eventually merge with the Knights of Labor to form the People's (Populist) Party.


Government Loans to the People

Vincent, William Davis, 1852-1922

W. D. Vincent gave this speech at the Clay Debating Club in Clay Center, Kansas, on February 19, 1886. Vincent proposes to make wealth more equitable by letting the government operate the system for making loans rather than banks. He believes that this would make mortgage rates fairer and limit the power of banks to control the amount of money in circulation. While given before the official formation of the Populist movement, many ideas expressed in the speech were supported by the Populists.


Governor John Carlin interview

Beatty, Bob, 1966-

An audio recording of an interview with John Carlin discussing his experience as governor of Kansas from January 8, 1979 to January 12, 1987, and his 1990 re-election bid. Bob Beatty and Mark Peterson, Political Science Department, Washburn University, conduct the interview as part of the Kansas Governors Recorded History and Documentary Project, Dr. Bob Beatty and Washburn University, 2005. The interview took place in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2008. A complete transcript of the interview is available by clicking Text Version below. This and a previous interview conducted in 2004 are the basis for Beatty's article "'Be Willing to Take Some Risks to Make Things Happen': A Conversation with Former Governor John Carlin." Kansas History, v31 n2 (Summer 2007/2008). The 2004 interview is available on Kansas Memory as item #212931.


Rules of the Barton County Alliance Exchange Company

Barton county Alliance Exchange Company

This pamphlet outlines the rules under which the Barton County Alliance Exchange Company operated. Its purpose was to assist farmers to get the best prices for their crops and livestock. Farmers had to be members of the Farmers Alliance to be able to join the company. It was located in Great Bend, Kansas.

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