Helping or Hurting the Farmers?

By: Mary Archer Boyd

Homestead Act

Encouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land.

Transcontinental Railroad

Railroad connecting the west and east coasts of the continental US. This help they farmer get there crops places.

Farmers Alliances and Granges

Farmers made a organized agrarian economic movement to stop high shipping prices. Granges pool their resources in order to purchase machinery and supplies. This help the farmers because they work together and fought high shipping prices.

High Railroad Shipping Costs

This was not helpful to the farmers, high shipping prices eventually caused them to borrow money and this left them in debt.


It was system that combined sliver and gold evenly. This would help farmers and others who had too much debt.

Interstate Commerce Commission

This regulated railroad rates, among other things. This help because it regulated railroads rates.