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1Populism problems and Solutions In Kansas in the 1880’s and 1890’s, however, religion failed to fulfill its social role and for many did not respond to its religious role. The churches, failing to develop during the plush boom years, entered a period of retrenchment with the onset of hard times, leaving many Kansans without religious service or solace. Peter H. Argersinger, Pentecostal Politics in Kansas; “Religion, the Farmers’ Alliance, and the Gospel of Populism” page 24 The Alliance filled the social and religious void bequeathed to the farming classes by the indifferent and remote churches. The broader movement that grew out of the Alliance, the People’s party, made an outspoken and far-reaching attack on the evils that it saw corrupting Christian civilization and oppressing Christian life. Structurally and functionally the Farmers’ Alliance resembled the church in Kansas. ..The Kansas Alliance was “Semi religious for every member must be; a believer in the existence of a Supreme Being,’ and all the meeting are opened and closed with prayer…there were chaplains. ..Hymns formed a major part of the weekly meetings. Contributions to the Alliance were equated with donations to missionary organizations The collapse of prosperity greatly reduced the treasury of the established churches and seroiously restricted the work of all denominations Peter H. Argersinger, Pentecostal Politics in Kansas; “Religion, the Farmers’ Alliance, and the Gospel of Populism” page 25 The Alliance or Populist Politics of the 1890’s however, was a religio-political movement, not only involving demands for major reform but also offering a functional alternative to the missing religious activity. And much of the religious aspect of Kansas Populism can be understood only as a response to the perceived role of organized religion in the crisis of depression and drought. Peter H. Argersinger, Pentecostal Politics in Kansas; “Religion, the Farmers’ Alliance, and the Gospel of Populism” page 24-25 The churches ignored rural regions to focus their depreciated funds to the more populous towns and cities of the state. Then the neglected poor rural areas turned to support Kansas populism or what they called “The New Gospel” The Farmers’ Alliance entered Kansas shortly after the collapse of the boom of 1880’s. Peter H. Argersinger, Pentecostal Politics in Kansas; “Religion, the Farmers’ Alliance, and the Gospel of
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course HIST 1865-Prese taught by Professor Ruck during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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