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In this brief but informative letter A. J. Arnold, a Topeka, Kansas, druggist, informs Joseph Hebbard, treasurer of the Farmer's Alliance, of his decision to switch his allegiance from the Democratic Party to the People's (Populist) Party. He is eager to "release the state of Kansas from the misrule of the Republican Party." While Arnold is confident that he has made the right decision, he also notes that many other Democrats are wavering. Consequently, Arnold has prepared a letter to the Democrats that expresses the benefits of supporting Populism; he asks Hebbard to read through the draft of this letter and provide comments. This enclosure is not with the original letter and has not been located.

Creator: Arnold, A. J.
Date: August 11, 1892

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This letter shows that the Populists and Democrats were both opposed to the Republican party; it also demonstrates for students that many Kansans were not pleased with the Republican party. Arnold also ties Populist sentiments to the agrarian vision of Jeffersonian democracy.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210803
Call Number: Miscellaneous Hebbard, Joseph C
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210803

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