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Discontent and Reform Late-19th century American farmers experienced recurring periods of hardship AGRARIAN DISTRESS AND THE RISE OF POPULISM In spite of their remarkable progress, late-19th century American farmers experienced  recurring periods of hardship.  Mechanical improvements greatly increased yield per  hectare.  The amount of land under cultivation grew rapidly throughout the second half  of the century, as the railroads and the gradual displacement of the Plains Indians  opened up  new  areas for western settlement. A similar expansion of agricultural lands in  countries such as Canada, Argentina, and Australia compounded these problems in the  international market, where much of U.S. agricultural production was now sold.   Everywhere, heavy supply pushed the price of agricultural commodities downward.
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