About the Author
Thomas Howard, editor
Dr. Thomas Howard was a professor history at the University of North Dakota when this books was published in 1981. He was aided by several editors/authors who wrote individual chapters. They include:
Charles N. Glaab, professor of history, University of Toledo
Bill G. Reid, professor of history, North Dakota State University
Larry Remele, historian, State Historical Society of North Dakota
Daniel F. Rylance, curator, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota
Glenn H. Smith, professor of history, University of North Dakota
D. Jerome Tweton, professor of history, University of North Dakota
Robert P. Wilkins, professor of history, University of North Dakota
The North Dakota Political Tradition
The North Dakota Political Tradition. Iowa State University Press, 1981.
North Dakota’s struggle to achieve judicious government control over corporate interests contributed to a political tradition that is unique in American history. The North Dakota Political Tradition, written in 1981 to help commemorate North Dakota’s centennial, is the first in the North Dakota Centennial Heritage Series. It helps explain the origin of certain radical tendencies and mediating forces at work in North Dakota politics from 1889 through the 1950s. The authors define the political heritage of North Dakota as a successful blend of creative political leadership with the constructive activism of a concerned citizenry. This is the story of the genesis of movements within and without the Republican Party that led to the rise to power of such colorful and dynamic leaders as Alexander McKenzie, “Honest John” Burke, William Langer, Fred Aandahl, and Elizabeth Preston Anderson.
The North Dakota Political Tradition fulfills the need for a concise political history of the state. This book is the only volume of its kind available: a collection of essays delineating the personalities and movements that shaped not only North Dakota’s future, but the future of the nation as well.