Chapter 22

Chapter 22: Gilded-age Politics And Agrarian Revolt

Research Topics

Agrarian Discontent

Overview

What difficulties did farmers face in the late 19th century, and how did the Populist Party respond to their concerns?

Farmers faced considerable challenges in the late 19th century. In addition to troubles such as drought and blizzards, they struggled with declining profits and rising costs of production. In response to a political system they believed ignored their concerns, farmers took action, supporting the People's Party. Typically called the Populist Party, this organization enjoyed considerable success in the early 1890s, but never overcame its regional nature and stiff opposition from the established political parties.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. Populist Party Platform (1892)
  2. The Farmer's Situation (1890s)
  3. Response to the Farmer's Protests (1896)
  4. The Strength and Weakness of the People's Movement (1892), Eva McDonald-Valesh
  5. Image: Members of the Texas Alliance
  6. William Jennings Bryan
  7. William Jennings Bryan: Cross of Gold Speech (July 1896)
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