The Progressive Era 1898-1920. The Populist Party 1891-1896. Represented laborers, farmers, and industrial workers vs. bankers and railroads Agenda Unlimited coinage of silver to make farm prices ; loan repayment easier Direct election of senators Term limits—President hold a single term
Represented laborers, farmers, and industrial workers vs. bankers and railroads
to make farm prices ; loan repayment easier
“Cross of Gold” speech
Denounced bankers for “crucifying mankind on a cross of gold”
Defeated in 1896 & 1900 by McKinley
The Populist illustrate a role often played by third parties—they provide an outlet for disadvantaged groups to voice grievances and generate new ideas.
Populist reforms were later enacted by other political parties.
He photographed and described the appalling conditions of the urban poor in How the Other Half Lives.
Her book, History of the Standard Oil Company (1902), showed how Rockefeller’s rise was based on ruthless business practices.
He exposed corruption in city and state governments in his book The Shame of Cities (1904).
His novel, The Jungle (1906), exposed the unsanitary conditions of the meatpacking industry and led to passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Socialist leader of 1894
Led his union of railway workers in a strike that shut down the western railroads—Pullman Strike
New York City political “boss” in the 1850-60s