Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics By Michael J. Lansing

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Ken Fones-Wolf

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As a young, left-leaning historian in the 1970s, my admiration for the Nonpartisan League (NPL)—as was the case for many—came from the inspiring film Northern Lights. In his wonderful, deeply researched, and beautifully written book, Insurgent Democracy, Michael J. Lansing forces readers to reconsider the NPL’s meaning for the history of American politics. To Lansing, the importance of the League is not as an example of anticapitalist social revolt, as portrayed in the movie and much of the literature, but rather as a model of engaged citizens trying to make government responsive to popular will. As such, the NPL offers important lessons for today’s intensely fragmented and dysfunctional politics that have left people feeling either disconnected or rabidly partisan.

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Fones-Wolf, K. (2019). Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics By Michael J. Lansing. Indiana Magazine of History, 113(4), 349 - 350. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/27738
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