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This article discusses Henry W. Young's stance on the fusion of the Democratic and Populist (People's) Parties. Young, a former senator and editor of the Kansas Populist, had concluded that it would be in the Populists' best interest to vote Democratic in the 1902 election. Young was convinced that "the leaven of Populism has permeated the whole mass of the Democratic party," making the Democratic platform one that supported many Populist ideas. In explaining this decision Young referred to the chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, Mack Love, who had encouraged Populists to align with the Democrats. In the election of 1902 the Populists did join the Democratic Party.

Creator: Topeka State Journal Company
Date: May 29, 1901

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This article illustrates how the Populist Party fell from prominence; it can provide a balance by showing the end of the story and the effect that Populism had on the larger political arena. It could be grouped with other sources related to the fusion of these two parties, such as the photograph of Mary Elizabeth Lease (she supported fusion).

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210851
Call Number: K329.84 Clipp, Populist Party Clippings
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210851

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