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The Agrarian Revolt and the Farmer’s Alliance

The Agrarian Revolt and the Farmer’s Alliance

During the late 1880s, as farmers experienced their hardest years financially, several political struggles unfolded that challenged Redeemer hegemony in southern states. Through the years, farmer and labor organizations—the Virginia Readjusters, the Greenback Party, the Knights of Labor—had tried to foment change but without lasting success. Beginning in the 1860s, farmers turned to fraternal organizations, one of which was the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, or the Grange.

Glenn Swift to Present “The Electoral College: An Evolutionary Process”

Glenn Swift to Present “The Electoral College: An Evolutionary Process”

Glenn R. Swift, award-winning journalist and historian, will be holding a lecture open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Palm Beach State’s Eissey Campus on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens from 7pm to 8:15pm in the college’s prestigious Meldon Lecture Hall (BB Bldg.). Entitled “The Electoral College: an Evolutionary Process,” Swift will explore the philosophical reasons behind the unique institution’s creation and illustrate just how the body’s functionality has evolved from what was originally intended by the nation’s Constitutional framers. Swift’s presentation will also explain how the electoral vote system has impacted presidential elections in the past and how it will influence the outcome in 2016. The lecture is free to the public.

Alcatraz: The End of the Line

Alcatraz: The End of the Line

With the rise of organized crime during the Great Depression, the Department of Justice began an exhaustive search for a location to construct an escape-proof maximum security prison. With a ready-made facility surrounded by the bone-chilling, swift currents of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was quickly chosen as the ideal site.