A Guide to the Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896
The Farmers’ Alliance, also known as the Grand State Farmers’ Alliance of Texas, was initially organized in Lampasas County, Texas, in 1875, but quickly spread to many regions throughout Texas. Its mission was to fight against horse thieves, Indian and Mexican bandits, and land sharks. Though steeped in violent history and acts, the Alliance was mainly a nonviolent movement for agrarian reform in both the political and economic sectors of life in Texas. Gillespie County started its own branch with farmer Fred C. Striegler acting as business agent.
Sources: Smith, Ralph. "The Farmer's Alliance in Texas, 1875-1900: A Revolt against Bourbon and Bourgeois Democracy."The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jan., 1945), pp. 346-369.
Brown, Richard Maxwell. "Strain of violence: historical studies of American violence and vigilantism." Oxford University Press US, 1975.
The Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896, include correspondence, speeches, receipts, and minutes by Fred C. Striegler. The minutes relate to the activities of the Gillespie County Famers’ Alliance in finance, membership, and agriculture.
Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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