Tribpedia: Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a nationally syndicated columnist and radio commentator as well as a prominent liberal activist.

In the 1960s, he served as a legislative aide to Democratic U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough.  He returned to Texas and took over as editor of The Texas Observer in 1976.  After a failed run for a spot on the Texas Railroad Commission ...

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Grissom on the fall of Norma Chávez; M. Smith and Ramsey on the runoffs, the results, and the aftermath; Hu on the Tea Party's birthday party; Thevenot and Stiles on the path between schools and prisons; Ramshaw on prosecutors' reaction to helping hands from Austin; Hamilton on self-appointed lawyers; Galbraith on property rights and power lines; Aguilar and Grissom sit down with the mayor of Juárez to talk about his crime-ridden city; Kraft on telling the stories of Texans and other Americans who died in Vietnam; Ramsey on slots and horses and casinos; and Hamilton goes on a field trip with Jim Hightower to hear the history of populism. The best of our best from April 5 to 9, 2010.

Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.
Jim Hightower viewing his archives at the Wittliff Collections.

The Last Populist

Like his hero Little Richard, Jim Hightower knew how to scream and piss off the establishment. As a tour of his archives led by the man himself reveals, his is the story of a Texas-style progressive movement that peaked before the young Texans of today can even remember.