Notes for Plight of Po Farmer Pwpt.

Notes for Plight of Po Farmer Pwpt. - The Plight of the Po...

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The Plight of the ‘Po’ Farmer and the Populist Movement Circa 1870s - 1900 Contents: Part I: Po’ Farmers Problems Part II: Po’ Farmers Solutions to their Problems Part III: Po’ Farmers Organize Part IV: Part V: Part VI: Part VII: Free Silver Election of 1896 Part VIII: The End of Populism and On… Part I PO’ FARMERS PROBLEMS Inherent to their circumstances: 1. They produced in a worldwide market so were vulnerable to the 2. Produced w/o a tariff to protect their products 3. They were unorganized as producers 4. They were highly dependent on: The middleman who connected them to buyers Grain storage operators The Railroads for transportation of their products *see picture next slide 5. Biggest problem that dogged them = money problems: need to borrow $ for new land & equipment constant indebtedness to the “Eastern Plutocrats” (rich bankers) 1
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Part II PO’ FARMERS SOLUTIONS TO THEIR PROBLEMS 1. State Legislatures: Seek state govt. help to regulate the railroads and BUT State govt. “in bed” with big business Courts deny state govt. the power to regulate big business under interstate commerce clause (1886 Wabash case) 2. Adjust Production Levels: When prices of products fall just produce
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course HIST 45213 taught by Professor Platt during the Spring '10 term at Berkeley.

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Notes for Plight of Po Farmer Pwpt. - The Plight of the Po...

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