Why Did Farmers Express Discontent During 1870-1900

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Register to read the introduction… The major issue was the Alliance's opposition to the gold standard to counter the deflation in agricultural prices. The populist wanted sliver currency because they believe it would make it easy to pay back debt and bring inflation. Document C shows that money was hard to come by between 1870-1880 and show the reason for the farmers wanting a silver currency. Farmers were hit hard with high debt, and it was thought that by going off of the gold standard that there would be massive inflation. If you owe $10,000, but you have massive inflation and $1 now has the value of what was previously $0.50, your debt is effectively cut in …show more content…
“They had to get the local merchant or someone else to supply the food for the family to eat while the first crop was being made.” (Document B) After the Civil War they didn’t have much land and many became homesteaders who were given 160 acres along with regulations they must follow. Only 40% of the applicants actually completed the process and were given the extra land promised for them completion of 160 acres. However many found it difficult to make profit off such little amount of land during that time, for that was the reason most failed to finish the five year …show more content…
They did not win the deserved praise they should have received for really developing our country. Agriculture had taken on a whole new meaning and what it meant to be a farmer wasn’t at all the same in fact now you couldn’t just be a farmer you had to be a specialist and businessman who were tied to railroading, banking, and manufacturing. Sadly, the farmers protest and cries for more appreciation and better wages didn’t make a difference but did open up several politics such as the fourth party “system.” The Grangers tried to steadily raise improvement for farmer’s collective plight, and the Populous Party tried to keep a strong alliance that would create a well-known voice for the farmers of this time. These two groups gave hope for the farmers and kept them going through the changes slowly but had to give up and come to conclusion that industrialist and manufactures were taking over and fair wages for farmers were not on the list of things that would be changing. As farms slowly became factories you could tell just how far industrialization had

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