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Dr. David Gillespie provides a novel examination of the modern American Prohibitionist Party with this biography of James Hedges. Eleven years ago, Hedges invited Gillespie, a third-parties scholar, to address a Memphis gathering of his Prohibition partisans at the 140th. anniversary of his party's founding, allowing Gillespie a unique outsiders look into America's third oldest living political party. This article provides a glimpse at the broad sweep of partisan Prohibition’s history, including its glory days; but this is principally to provide context for its coverage of the contemporary party and of James Hedges, the leader of that “faithful remnant.”


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  • Alternative title
    • James Hedges and Prohibition’s “Faithful Remnant”

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 96

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      J. David Gillespie, Ph.D., js a former academic vice president and retired political science faculty member who has authored two published books and many articles and conference papers on U.S. "third" or minor political parties.