Published by Sunflower University Press, A Common Humanity: Kansas Populism and the Battle for Justice and Equality, 1854-1903 is an extensive and updated revision of Kansas Populism: Ideas and Men.
“Populists and Populism aimed at implementing the nation’s unfulfilled democratic ideals in the new industrial age. The movement’s leaders concerned themselves with that challenge, and in the dialogue they conducted, in the program they advanced, they assisted in launching a progressive quest that should continue as long as most Americans subscribe to the nation’s great democratic ideals.
To be sure, it was not Populist principles that were retrogressive. What made them appear so to an influential segment of American society was the fact that they were championed in the name of the farmers and laborers and in terms of the old producer-class ideology that had so long associated strictly with agrarian radicalism.”—O. Gene Clanton
O. Gene Clanton, a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, attended the public school system in Pittsburg, then earned a B.S. in Education (1959) and an M.S. in History (1962) from what is now Pittsburg State University. He taught at the secondary level in Lamar, Colorado, from 1960 to 1962. He then taught and studied at the University of Kansas starting. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and eventually accepted a position as Assistant Professor of History at Washington State University, where he was granted a full Professorship in 1978. He retired from WSU in 1997.
Professor Clanton published a number of articles and books on the subject of Populism, including, among the most noted, Kansas Populism: Ideas and Men; Populism: The Humane Preference in America, 1890-1900; and Congressional Populism and the Crisis of the 1890s. Kansas Populism was nominated for the Theodore Saloutos Award.