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The Populist Party Platform Develops
Problems facing American Farmers in the late 1800s…
Overproduction Due to: New and more land being developed New machinery that allowed farmers to farm more land, faster
Falling prices! …Falling prices!WHY? Supply and Demand! Supply and Demand! Overproduction led to…
Falling Prices for Farm Products supply greater than demand deflation – prices going down Activity: Calculate a farmer’s profit and loss as crop prices fluctuate
Falling prices led to lower incomes BUT… Farming costs remained high Mortgage payments stayed the same Cycle of debt worsened Interest rates for farmers went up
Outsiders caused problems for farmers as well Middlemen were taking much of the profit Railroads Had monopolies in certain areas Rebates (discounts) were offered to larger farmers
Also… the “money issue” Money was ‘tight’ Gold Standard Scarcity of gold meant scarcity of money Value of money went up
Page 404 in The Americans Gold Bugs Silverites Who They Were What They Wanted Why Effects
Quickwrite: Do think city dwellers would be gold bugs or silverites? Explain.
When laborers had problems…
When farmers had problems…
Farmers felt the rich ran the country Wanted more democracy Not more wealth, more commonwealth Wanted to change the democratic system
Goals of Populists: End farmer debt Give people a greater voice in government Expand power of Federal government
Platform of the Populists Economic Reform: Increase supply of money Government loan program Progressive, or graduated, income tax Government control of RR and warehouse prices
Government Reform: Vote by secret ballot Election of Senators by popular vote Right to propose and vote directly on laws
Government Reform (cont…): Single term for president Referendum Recall Initiative Quickwrite: How would these government reforms give common people more power in government?
Labor Reform: 8-hour workday Immigration restrictions No government aid to corporations
Election of 1896 Who were the candidates? Reading: A Voice for the Farmers What were the results? How do they show the continued regionalism of the U.S.?
Most influential 3 rd party in U.S. political history Government viewed as responsible for reforming social injustices Almost all original Populist demands were eventually put into law Led to the Progressive Movement
Explain problems farmers faced during the late 1800s.
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S4 Farmers in Protest Farmers faced high shipping costs by the railroads. High cost of manufactured goods. High interest rates charged by bankers.
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Farmers & the Populist Movement In the late 1800’s Farmers faced increasing costs & decreasing crop prices. Why had farming become unprofitable during.
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Farmers and the Populist Movement Main Idea Farmers united to address their economic problems, giving rise to the Populist movement. Why it Matters Now.
Farmers & The Populist Movement
Ch.5 Sec.3 FARMERS AND THE POPULIST MOVEMENT. Farmers Unite Late 1800s- farmers were trapped economically Crop prices were falling Farmers mortgaged.
Farmer’s Problems Due to overproduction caused by numerous farms and better methods farm prices plummeted. The price of wheat fell from $2.00 a bushel.
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Began with Farmers Crop prices falling= less profit for farmers Take out loans and fall further in debt Railroads overcharging farmers to ship.
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POPULIST PARTY PLATFORM Goal 4. Populist Movement Began with Farmers Crop prices falling= less profit for farmers Take out loans and fall further.
Farmers and the Populist Movement
What is a Populist?. Farmers: Where it all began. In the late 1800’s farmers were trapped in a vicious economic cycle. Prices for crops falling. Mortgaged.
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