Unformatted text preview: to grow as much cotton as possible; prices quickly spiraled downward, throwing the entire region into more debt and poverty b. The Nadir of Black Life i. In the late 1800's, many Congressional bills from Reconstruction aimed to support and assist the newly freed slaves were cast aside by a new generation of politicians 2. Farm Protest a. The Grange i. The earliest effort to organize white farmers was fronted by Oliver Kelley in 1867 ii. Called the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry, the social club grew quickly to include more than 800,000 iii. Now known as the National Grange, Kelley’s organization sought to reform the ways in which agricultural business was done; striving to bypass the middlemen such as railroad shippers and grain elevator owners iv. Their lobbying led to legislation regarding how railroads could be regulated for the common good of the country...
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