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The Plains Political Tradition

Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 4

The Plains Political Tradition

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ISBN: 9781941813393
 

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Release Date: September 20, 2022 

South Dakota's unique blend of ethnic cultures, varied landscapes, and small, largely agrarian population have made for fascinating politics. This fourth volume of The Plains Political Tradition offers ten essays on diverse aspects of the region’s political history, from nonindigenous settlement patterns to campaign strategies to the shaping of state budgets. Employing a broad definition of political culture, editors Jon K. Lauck and Paula M. Nelson present a wide variety of eyewitness as well as scholarly perspectives in this anthology, all of which contribute to a better understanding of South Dakota’s singular historical experience.

Contributors:

Justin Blessinger

Michael Card

Marshall Damgaard

Sean J. Flynn

Paul Higbee

Jon K. Lauck

Paula M. Nelson

Randi Ramsden

Gregory Rose

Tonnis H. Venhuizen

Daryl Webb

Paul Wilson

 

Praise for The Plains Political Tradition 3:

"Against a backdrop of agricultural ups and downs, varied religious beliefs, worldwide conflict, and powerful personalities, The Plains Political Tradition deftly examines ingredients critical to the success and failure of civic movements, legislation, and political campaigns and careers. Exceptionally well organized and presented."—Midwest Book Review

Not all politics is party politics. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than within the boundaries of South Dakota. Although the state is known for its agrarian conservatism, political tradition in the land of infinite variety is more than simply Republican or Democrat. An awareness of the influence of culture lies at the core of understanding the decisions of political leaders and voters alike.

In this capstone volume of The Plains Political Tradition series, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Paula M. Nelson gather essays from historians and other scholars who identify major influences on the political culture of South Dakota. Against a backdrop of agricultural ups and downs, varied religious beliefs, worldwide conflict, and powerful personalities, the authors examine ingredients critical to the success and failure of civic movements, legislation, and political campaigns and careers.

 

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