By: Samantha and Daniella

Populist Movement

A member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people is known as a populist. Populism was made by struggling farmers who wanted political power to work to pass laws in there interest. The populist movement was a revolt by farmers in the South and Midwest against the Democratic and Republican Parties for ignoring their interests and difficulties. For over a decade, farmers were suffering from crop failures, falling prices, poor marketing, and lack of credit facilities.
Populist Party 19th century
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Populist Timeline

1876- Farmer Alliance formed in Lampasas, North Texas.

1880- National Farmer Alliance formed oafishly

1886- General Strike for the 8-Hour Day on May 1st AFL formed

1890- Sherman anti trust act

1891- Peoples Party formed in Cincinnati out of "alliance"

1892- First National convention of Peoples Party held in Omaha, Nebraska

1893- Great depression begens

1894- Pullman Strike broken by federal troops; ARU launches solidarity to strike

1896- Co-optation. Populist support Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings who ran "Cross of Gold"

1898- Gold discovery's in Yukon and Australia trump Populist issue of lack of specie/ it ended