Montana: The Magazine of Western History
Statehood (American politics), Montana -- History
Montana's political life in the 1890's was characterized by stalemate, uncompromising parochial demands, personal animosity, and corruption as local communities fought over the prizes of statehood. The major prize, the state capital, was won by Helena after a campaign featuring class and community antagonism, racist rhetoric, personal attacks, and vote buying. In the interests of local power brokers, the legislature created several units of higher education instead of establishing a consolidated university. The battles over the spoils of statehood created a pattern of cynicism and parochialism that continues to influence the state's political life.
Lang, W. L. (1987). Spoils of statehood: Montana communities in conflict, 1888-1894. Montana: The Magazine Of Western History, 37(4), 34-45.