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The Rise and Fall of the Populist Party 1867-1896 . Farmers’ Problems:. Lower prices for crops Farmers had no cash . . .went further into debt. . . foreclosed on mortgages Railroads charged outrageous prices to ship crops (no regulation!). Farmers’ Demands:.

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farmers problems
Farmers’ Problems:
  • Lower prices for crops
  • Farmers had no cash . . .went further into debt. . . foreclosed on mortgages
  • Railroads charged outrageous prices to ship crops (no regulation!)
farmers demands
Farmers’ Demands:
  • Regulate the railroad companies! (stop them from charging such high rates)
  • Make cash more available (back the dollar with silver, not gold, so dollar will be worth less)
  • Political demands: single term for President and Vice-President; secret ballot; popular election of Senators
  • To get industrial workers to support them: 8-hour workday; restrict immigration
different groups representing farmers interests
Different Groups Representing Farmers’ Interests
  • 1867: The Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange)
  • 1880s: Farmers’ Alliance and Colored Farmers’ National Alliance
  • 1892: Birth of the Populist, or People’s Party
1896 election
1896 Election
  • Populists decide to improve their chances by supporting a Democratic candidate: William Jennings Bryan, who agreed to support the Silver-backed dollar.