Analysis Of Lawrence C. Goodwyn 's ' The Sixties '

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Within the article, author Lawrence C. Goodwyn speaks on many topics involving both race and populism in the southern states. Goodwyn also speaks on the evolution of the biracial movement by the name of the Populist Party as well as its abiding legacy and impact on society. Populism at one point in time simply meant the advocacy of multiple reform issues. Topics including the election of senators, worker rights, and income tax were among the few reforms led by the Populist Party. Goodwyn briefly touches on exactly how the modern day connection to populism has evolved as well when he states, “…It is not invoked to explain George Wallace, as it is used to explain Lindon B. Johnson in the sixties…” (Goodwyn). He later goes on into specific details which explain exactly why it has eventually earned the title of the “people’s party” today. Lawrence Goodwyn goes on to speak on a southern county in Texas by the name of Grimes County. According to Goodwyn, Grimes County’s Populist Party was amongst the many county’s that remained prevalent due to things such as the increase of many white southerners feeling slightly threatened by the thought of the concept of black power increasing during this time period. Not to mention the fact that the census of 1890 displayed that nearly half of the total population in Grimes County were African-American. Throughout the article, Goodwyn continues to speak on numerous events that had displayed the prevalent violent confrontation between

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