FC: Chapter 16 sec. 2! | Jasmine Brett Kelsie
1: Populism! | This was the movement to increase farmers political power and work for legislation in their interest.
2: -One specific problem that greatly concerned farmers was the nations money supply. | Money Supply
3: Deflation hurts farmers | -Most farmers had to borrow money for seed and other supplies to plant there crops.
4: The Grange Takes Action | In 1866 the United States department of agriculture sent Oliver H. Kelly to tour the rural south and report on the conditions of the regions armors.
5: The Grange Fails | None of the strategies the Grangers employed improved farmers economic condition. Several western states passed "Granger laws" setting maximum rates and prohibiting railroads from changing more for short hauls than for long hauls.
6: Populism Declines | The depression was over and prospectors found gold in Canada and Alaska. In 1900 The U.S. adopted a gold-based currency. When the silver crusade died out, the Populists lost their momentum and their efforts to economic hardships had failed. Some of the reforms they favored came about in the next century including graduated income tax and some governmental regulation of the economy.
7: The Election of 1896 | As the election of 1896 approached, leaders of the Peoples' Party decided to make the silver issue the focus of their campaign.
8: Bryan's Campaign | William Jennings Bryan was only 36 years old when the Democrats and Populists nominated him for president. He was a powerful speaker and he won the nomination by delivering an electrifying address.
9: The Farmers Alliance | The farmers alliance began in Lampasas County, Texas 1877. By 1885 it had build an substantial following throughout the state. Charles W. Macune became the leader of the alliance. Macune called for the organization to begin recruiting farmers from outside of Texas