Business & Finance: Wheat and Politics

Most of America's wheat area lies in normally Republican States, while her cotton belt is confined to almost invariably Democratic States. For this reason, a slump in cotton usually leads to strenuous attempts in behalf of cotton by the Democratic party, while wheat depression means disaffection in the Republican ranks.

Cotton is so high that even Democrats can find nothing there to quarrel about. Wheat's recent rise is cementing the Republican hold on the Northwest farmers, and dooming third-party and Democratic efforts in that region. The rise in wheat has not been due...

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