Benjamin J. Young writes from South Bend, Indiana, where he is a PhD student in History at the University of Notre Dame. An Iowa native, he received his B.A. in History and Religion from Baylor University.
In her 2010 book, The Red Corner: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana, Verlaine Stoner McDonald resurrects the surprising but largely forgotten episode of agrarian radicalism in Sheridan County, Montana. Over ten years after its publication, McDonald’s stellar work of microhistory continues to provide food for thought to readers interested in both the political promise and limits of agrarianism, localism, and left-wing populism.