Unformatted text preview: to Congress. The first Populist convention was in 1892. Delegates from farm, labor, and reform organizations met in Omaha, Nebraska, determined to overturn a U.S. political system they viewed as hopelessly corrupted by the industrial and financial trusts. Their platform stated: We are met, in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballotbox, the legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench [courts]. . .. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed the two great classes – tramps and millionaires....
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