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Populism and the Election of 1896

Populism and the Election of 1896

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The Rise and Fall of thePopulist Party
1867-1896
 
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Farmers’ Problems
 
Crop prices fell
Farmers had no cash, wentfurther into debt, and their lenders
foreclosed on their mortgages
The railroad companies chargedoutrageous prices to ship crops
(no regulation!)
 
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Farmers’ Demands
 
Regulate the railroad companies
(Stopthem from charging such high rates)
Make cash more available (
back the dollarwith silver
, not gold, so dollar would beworth less)
Constitutional demands
: single term forPresident and Vice-President, secret ballot,popular election of Senators
To get industrial workers to support them:
8-hour workday, restrict immigration

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