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III. Why farmers' grievances were ignored in late 19th century A. The position/political clout of farmers declined in the Gilded Age. Farmers declined from 60% to less than 37% of employed Americans and their contribution to the nation's wealth declined from a third to a quarter. B. Farmers were thus overshadowed by urban-industrial interests , businessmen who controlled the government and government policy. C. Americans clung to the "rural myth" that farmers were content, independent, the preservers of traditional American values. D. Farmers interests (indebtedness and dependence on international markets) led them to seek public policies which were contrary to those business found advantageous. E. Farmers were not as organized as other groups , and thus failed to effectively press their interests. IV. How did they propose to redress their grievances? A. Granges (1867, Oliver Hudson Kelly): Emphasized cultural and social goals, but with the depression of the 1870s, became more aggressive. Established buying and selling cooperatives and entered politics to regulate railroads and grain elevators. While most of their coops failed, and the Granger Laws were ultimately overturned in the Wabash Case
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  • Summer '13
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  • Civil War, late 19th century, Populist Party, B. Farmers

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