The Man Behind Montana’s Contradictory, Confusing, and Occasionally Crazy Political Culture
In the First Half of the 20th Century, US Senator Burton K. Wheeler Was Deeply Independent—and Often Confrontational
There is an old line that “Montana is really just a small town with a very long Main Street.” It’s a state with 147,000 square miles and just over a million people, yet everyone seems to know everyone, or at least everyone knows someone who knows someone you know. The six degrees of separation in Montana are rarely more than two degrees.
Montana’s small-town dynamic, combined with sprawling geography and a rich and often-rough history, have shaped a political culture …