South Dakota Farmers Alliance Records

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MA 011

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South Dakota Farmers Alliance Records


  • 1887, undated (Accumulation)


0.42 linear feet (1 document case)

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In Chicago, Milton George, the editor of the Western Rural, had been denouncing railroads as discriminatory and a menace to the nation. He organized what became known as the National Farmers' Alliance. In February 1881, farmers in Yankton County obtained a charter for the first alliance in Dakota Territory. Spurred by a drop in wheat prices in 1884, the number of territorial alliances grew and mass meetings in Clark, Huron, Mellette and Redfield were soon denouncing railroads and demanding their regulation. In January 1885, a territorial railroad commission was created, although vigorous opposition left the new agency without any power to establish freight rates. / In February 1885, alliance delegates from 11 counties in Dakota gathered in Huron to form the Dakota Farmers' Alliance, affiliated with the National Farmers' Alliance. The movement grew rapidly and by mid-summer the number of local alliances in the territory had tripled.

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The South Dakota Farmers Alliance Records consists of an address of President Loucks, proceedings from a convention in 1887, and an advertisement for A Book for Farmers.

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Open. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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H. L. Loucks and the Dakota ruralist: voices of reform by Thom Guarnieri
Publication Date: Thesis (M.S.)--Journalism and Mass Communications Dept., South Dakota State University, 1981.
Call Number: Archives: LB2385 .G932

H.L. Loucks correspondence with R.F. Pettigrew collection
South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
Call Number: Manuscript collections MA 23

The great conspiracy of the house of Morgan and how to defeat it by H.L. Loucks
Publication Date: [Watertown, S.D. : H.L. Loucks], c1916. Call Number: SD Collection: HG2481 .L6g

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MA 11

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