College of Arts and Sciences
Nonpartisan League, North Dakota, Neil Macdonald, Lynn Frazier, Rural Education, Consolidated Schools
Political History | United States History
Myrdal, Mark, "Laying Aside Vanities: Neil C. Macdonald and the Nonpartisan League" (2017). Senior Honors Theses. 709.
The Nonpartisan League was an agrarian political movement founded in North Dakota in the early twentieth century. The League was characterized by its radical rurally-minded platform and its passionate leadership. Neil C. Macdonald, the League nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1916, was one of the leaders, but was voted out of office in 1918 before the generally accepted peak of the Nonpartisan League. Very little Nonpartisan League scholarship has included Macdonald and this work examines Neil Macdonald and his understated importance in the study of the Nonpartisan League. In this examination, Macdonald proves to be a valuable figure in the study of the Nonpartisan League and its downfall.