The Making of a New Kind of State
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
294 Pages | 6 x 9 | 25 b&w illus., 3 maps
Near the end of the territorial era, that notion was challenged: commercial farmers and trade unionists saw a need to control the market through collective effort, and the sudden appearance of new corporate powers convinced many that the invisible hand of the marketplace had become palsied. After years of territorial setbacks, Oklahoma Democrats readily embraced the Progressive agenda and swept the 1906 constitutional convention elections. They went on to produce for their state a constitution that incorporated such landmark Progressive features as the initiative and referendum, strict corporate regulation, sweeping tax reform, a battery of social justice measures, and provisions for state-owned enterprises.
Goble is keenly aware that the Oklahoma experience was closely related to broader changes that shaped the nation at the turn of the century. Progressive Oklahoma examines the elemental changes that transformed Indian Territory into a new kind of state, and its inhabitants into Oklahomans—and modern Americans.
“Sensitive to the costs that the Indians and blacks paid for the quick political emergence of Oklahoma, Goble has written a useful and intelligent study that brings the Sooner State into the mainstream of Progressive Era history.”—Lewis L. Gould in the Journal of American History