The constitution of 1876 When Texas became a state again the first thing they wanted was a new state constitution . New constitution formed in 1876. The new constitution gave the government less power, and spending power and limited governor term to 2 years Returned law enforcement to local police
Democrats in power • By the late 1800s democrats held most of the public offices. • They cut debt by lowering government salaries and paying veteran pensions with land • Lack of debt allowed them to lower taxes.
Keeping the peace! • The peace was held by Texas rangers • Texas rangers have to take care of train robbers, horse thieves, and fighters. • However sometimes the rangers failed there job raising debt
Building new capitol • Due to the debt the government gave land grants to investors, in exchange the investors paid for the building cost. • The state held a contest to see who would build the capitol in 1881 Elijah Myers won.
Texans fight for reform • Economy messed up the farmers profit seeds cost to much and sold for to little. • Farmers blamed business men for bad economy. • Farmers united to take action against railroads to try to lower prices .
Fighting against railroads . • Farmers united to make the Peoples Party . • The Peoples Party formed the Southern Alliance which are ex people from the Farmers Parties. • Two people owned most railroads in Texas Coils P Huntington and Jay Gould.
James Hogg • James Hogg worked with major companies to make trust . • Trust is a group of firms that agree to work together .
Women Rights • Women did not have the right to vote tell 1920. • Many groups fought to give the women rights. • In 1893 people formed the Texas Equal Rights Association.