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Reformers, corporations, and the electorate: and analysis of Arizona's age of reform / David R. Berman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87081-249-1 (cloth) 1. ElectionsArizonaHistory. 2. VotingArizonaHistory. 3. Political partiesArizonaHistory. 4. ArizonaPolitics and government To 1950. 1. Title. 09791dc20 92-365 CIP The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences - Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials.

This study, however, represents a fresh attempt to examine the reform period in Arizona, the characteristics of the anticorporate and other reform efforts, and the electoral dimensions of reform. The research presented here owes much to county recorders in Arizona who helped supply voting information, and to librarians throughout the state. I am especially appreciative of the help I received from the Arizona Collection and Arizona Historical Foundation at Arizona State University. I also would like to acknowledge my debt to the staff at the Western Collection, University of Colorado, for their help in gathering materials from the archives of the Western Federation of Miners.

There was, however, a general consensus on the need for unity in overcoming, if not eliminating, hostile Indians, securing various forms of aid from the federal government, improving transportation (especially establishing a railroad system), and attracting private capital to develop the territory's natural resources. A clique of appointed federal officials and prominent Arizona pioneers known as the "Federal Ring" provided unity and direction during the early territorial period. Arizona's first three governors (John N.

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