Soc 241 notes Sept. 19

Soc 241 notes Sept. 19 - Chapter 7 The policies of the rich...

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Chapter 7 The policies of the rich to make policies in their own favor were the cause of their bony fingers. To break the Alliance it was first necessary to break the interracial alliance. Politicians and the media worked to decrease white Alliance membership by describing the Alliance and Populists as a threat to white supremacy, fanning the flames of racial hatred. They were able to define the issue as ________(racial) rather than ______ This attempt to remove white support was one prong of the racially based effort to stop the Alliance. The other was to remove black support. At this point, most people have no land and men are able to vote. Voting was “dangerous” The created Jim Crow Law that legally prohibited almost all blacks and most poor whites from voting. Many legislators made it perfectly clear that their intention was to disenfranchise poor Whites. Some states used poll taxes of $1 or $2 anually when the annual income of 75 percent of all southerners was about $55 in 1880 and $64 in 1900. This would be equivalent to asking us now to pay something like $250 out of a full-time minimum wage salary each time we voted. During the 1880s 60-75% of white men voted and a majority of black men
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