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Analyze the Reasons for the Emergence of the Populist Party

August 13, 2013
In the late 1800s, the farmers of America faced many serious financial problems, so they
decided it was time to restructure the nation. In the 1860s the first reform movement, was a
collection of farmers that were unhappy with the way they were being treated by the
government, and met together to discuss their problems. As the years went on, more
farmers joined these reform movements. There were many reasons for the emergence of
the Populist, or Peoples, Party in the late nineteenth century, such as The Government
ownership of railroads, the terrible economic state of the farmers, and government
indifference. These factors along with others inevitably caused an agricultural depression,
leading to the formation of farmer groups such as the Populist Party, which would help to
reduce the problems troubling the farmers. Some problems that these farmers felt
threatened their way of life included transportation, such as trains, monopolies and trusts,
money shortage and the demonetizing of silver.
The growth of railroads was very beneficial to industries across America, but analyzing
this fact was not very helpful for the farmers. Although, the benefits bought to these
companies were at the expense of farmers. These practices seriously hurt the farmers by
raising their shipping rates in order to lower that of larger companies. The increase the
rates of Railroad companies not only made farmers lose profits but it even caused many of
those farmers bound by contract to fall into debt. Although these Railroad companies
gained the business of larger companies they hurt the business of farmers, and thus the

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