Gilded Age Politics
The Political Crisis of the 1890s
Disputes broke out over labor relations, currency, tariffs, and railroads. The most momentous political conflict of the late 19th century was the farmers' revolt. Many farmers blamed railroad owners, land monopolists, mortgage companies, merchants, bankers, and manufacturers of farm equipment for their trouble. Farmers responded by organizing Granges, Farmers' Alliances, and the Populist Party.