1983DBQ-Populists

1983DBQ-Populists - The College Board Advanced Placement...

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Advanced Placement Examination AMERICAN HISTORY SECTION I1 (Suggested writing time--40 minutes) Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-H and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. In your essay, you should strive to demonstrate a broad grasp of the documents and to support your assertions about the documents by citing key pieces of evidence from them. Be sure to use your knowledge of the period to develop your answer to the two parts of the question. 1. Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent and @) evaluate the validity of the farmers' complaints. Document A I Source: The platform of the People's (Populist) party (1892) The conditions which surround us best justify our cooperation; we meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the legislatures, the Congress, and even touches the ermine of the bench. The people are demoral- ized. . . . The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor irnpoveriqhed, and the land concentrating in the hands of the capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right of organization for self- protection. . . . The national power to create money is appropriated to enrich bondholders; a vast public debt payable in legal-tender currency has been funded into gold bearing bonds, thereby adding millions to the burdens of the people. Silver, which has been accepted as coin since the dawn of history, has been demonetized to add to the purchasing power of gold by decreasing the value of all forms of property as well as human labor, and the supply of currency is purposely abridged to fatten usurers, bankrupt enterprise, and enslave industry. A vast conspiracy against mankind has been organized on two continents, and it is rapidly taking possession of the world. If not met and overthrown at once it forebodes terrible convulsions, the destruction of civilization, or the establishment of an absolute despotism. Copyright
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course HISTORY 21 taught by Professor Alexander during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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