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Agrarian Protest in the Late 19 th Century & the Crisis of the 1890’s. The Prologue to Progressivism. Sources of Agrarian Discontent. Economic background: Tariff Inflation Gold Standard Sources of Agrarian Discontent: Deflation/High Tariffs Railroads Grain Companies

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Agrarian protest in the late 19 th century the crisis of the 1890 s

Agrarian Protest in the Late 19th Century & the Crisis of the 1890’s

The Prologue to Progressivism


Sources of agrarian discontent

Sources of Agrarian Discontent

Economic background:

Tariff Inflation Gold Standard

Sources of Agrarian Discontent:

Deflation/High Tariffs Railroads

Grain Companies

Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers


Agrarian responses

Agrarian Responses

Grange (late 1860s-early 1870s: IN, IL)

Greenback Labor Party (late 1870s)

Alliance Movement (1880s)

Silver Movement (1880s)

Sherman Silver Purchase Act (1890)


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Populist/People’s Party, 1892-1896

Omaha Platform:

Subtreasury plan

“Free Silver” at 16:1

Government control of Railroads, Telegraphs &Telephones

Graduated Income Tax

Direct Democracy: Direct Election of Senators

  • Initiative

  • Referendum

  • Secret Ballot

    Proclamation of sympathy with labor movement


Tom watson georgia

Tom Watson (Georgia)


Election of 1892

Election of 1892

Grover Cleveland (Dem) (5,555,426 votes; 277 electoral votes)

Benjamin Harrison, (Rep) (5,182,600 votes; 145 electoral votes)

James B. Weaver, (Pop) (1,029,846 votes; 22 electoral votes)

74.7% Voter Participation

  • Depression of 1893-1897


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William Jennings Bryan (Nebraska)


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Bryan animated


Election of 1896

Election of 1896


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Election of 1896

William McKinley, (Rep) (7,102,246 votes; 271 electoral votes)

William Jennings Bryan, (Dem, Pop) (6,492,559 votes; 176 electoral votes)

79.3% Voter Participation


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1896 Election, McKinley V Bryan


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2004 Election, Bush V Kerry


Crisis of the 1890 s

Crisis of the 1890’s

Depression of 1893-1897

Unemployment, wage cuts

Labor Disputes:

Homestead Strike (1892)

Pullman Strike (1894)

Coxey’s Army marches to D.C. (1894)

LattimerMassacre (1897)

class conflict, industrial warfare,

fear of immigration/European radicalism


Crisis of the 1890 s1

Crisis of the 1890’s

Political corruption

urban problems: overcrowding, crime, disease

“frontier anxiety”:loss of democracy, decline of manhood

“Malthusian Alarmism”

agrarian radicalism


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