Knights of the Plow analyzes the ideological origins of the Grange. It traces the incubation adn the birth of a radical farm organization during the economic and social upheaval in rural America in the 1850s and 1860s, primarily through the life and ideas of Grange founder Oliver Kelley and his early Minnesota and Illinois Associates. Based on intensive research in newspapers and unpublished archival sources and on the material culture and symbolism of Grange ritual, this book depicts the tumultuous early years of the Grange from the perspective of its most important organizer.he continued to enlist Minnesotaa#39;s agricultural elite in the effort. ... Kelley claimed that Minnesota editors were accepting the challenge to rescue manual labor from disgrace: aquot;We clip the following from the St. Paul Pioneer of the 4th and in theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Knights of the Plow|
|Author||:||Oliver H. Kelley, Thomas A. Woods|
|Publisher||:||Purdue University Press - 2002-09-01|