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Changes on the Western Frontier . Farmers and the Populist Movement. Words To Know. Populism- The movement of the people Bimetallism- A monetary system in which the government would give citizens either gold or silver in exchange of paper currency or checks.

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changes on the western frontier

Changes on the Western Frontier

Farmers and the Populist Movement

words to know
Words To Know

Populism- The movement of the people

Bimetallism- A monetary system in which the government would give citizens either gold or silver in exchange of paper currency or checks.

Gold Standard- Backing dollars solely with gold

populism
Populism
  • The Populist people were a group of farmers and other western people who realized that they needed to make changes through a political power.
populism party platform
Populism Party Platform
  • Also know as the Democratic Party
  • They help proposed economics reforms:

-higher prices for goods and services

-a graduated income tax

-federal loan program

  • Governmental reforms:

-election of the U.S. senators by popular vote

-single terms for presidents and vice-presidents

-a secret ballot to end vote fraud

  • The Party then elected 5 senators, 3 governors, and around 1,500 state legislators
the panic of 1893
The Panic of 1893
  • At this time the farmers carried large debits and loans. There were many railroads that went bankrupt.
  • When people heard about this they got worried and traded all their paper money for gold.
  • This caused many businesses and banks to collapse.
  • By late 1894 fifth of the work force was unemployed.
silver or gold
Silver or Gold
  • The country was split into the two political parties.
  • There was also two groups divided by who wants sliver and Gold.
  • The “silverites” liked bimetallism.
  • “Gold Bugs” were people who favored the gold standard.
william jenngings bryan
William Jenngings Bryan
  • Born in Salem Marion County, IL
  • March 19, 1820
  • Nebraska congressman
  • Editor of the Omaha World Herald
  • Gave the speech “Cross of Gold”
  • Vice-presidential candidate Arthur Sewall wasn’t liked though.
the end of populism
The End of Populism
  • The end of populism ended with Bryan losing the election to McKinley.
  • All of the populist believed only in Bryan so when he lost the election populism was done away with.
sources
Sources
  • http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b000995
  • American History Book
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_bug
  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/197060/the_populist_and_progressive_movements.html