Late Nineteenth Century Essay

997 Words Feb 23rd, 2008 4 Pages
In the late 1800's, farmers believed that the railroad companies were strangling away their profits and the government was in favor of big business thus justifying their feelings of discontent.". The farmers had every right to be upset about their situation because the government saw a need for reform which alludes to the fact that problems existed, the railroads had a monopoly on shipping which raised costs and affected profit margins, the value of crops had deflated, and big business was hostile towards farmers.

Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for
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" To look at it from the farmer's point of view, Frank Norris wrote The Octopus. " In reality, the silver would just lead to more problems, as was emphasized by William McKinley. They are the first to feel its bad effects and the last to recover from them…It is mere pretense to attribute the hard times to the fact that all our currency is on gold basis. ‘Do you understand? I won't make fifty cents. It would not make farming less laborious or more profitable (Doc B). The railroads were trying to stay in business, and saw raising the rates as the only way to accomplish that.

The railway was perhaps one the most influential components in America's growth, especially economically. They are influenced by different considerations. McKinley stated that "Debasement of the currency means destruction of values. The new rate ate up every cent of his gains. " Farmers were correct in arguing that the United States' money supply was not what it should be; over 30 years the population nearly double while the money circulation rose by only 60 %( Doc C. "All his calculations as to a profit on his little investment he had based on freight rate of two cents a pound. Good money never made times hard (Doc B).

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agrarian discontent
The period between 1880 and 1900 was a good time for American politics. The country was finally free of the threat

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