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THE POPULIST OF 1896 AND THE PROGRESSIVE OF 1912
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Between 1890 and 1920, urbanization and industrialization were at the peak in America.
The United States was transformed drastically from a rural society to an industrial nation. Before
the Americans industrial transformation, most people had been brought up in mostly isolated
agricultural areas and small towns that were connected to the external world by horses and
wagons. This changed in the early 20th century as the increased supply and decreased cost of
manufactured goods created a consumer revolution for most rural and urban households. As a
consequent, America gained industrial revolution, which was founded on increasing
employment, productivity and investment in the manufacturing sector. Also, the rate of rural to
urban migration picked up during this era. Furthermore, during this period, a lot of corruption
was witnessed at different levels of the government. Consequently, the populist and progressive
parties were formed to attend to the social injustices witnessed. They saw an opportunity to
attend to the numerous political, social, and economic problems that needed reform.
The progressive and populist movements were formed during the outburst of workers'
union after the civil war. The populist was established in 1896 in St. Louis by a group of poor
Americans and farmers. During this time, the economy had picked up, and farm prices stabilized.
The populist was referred to as the people's party because it protected the interest of the farmers.
In other terms, the populist attained its strength from the rural areas
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. Furthermore, populist
appeared to be poor and illiterate. The populist demanded an economic democracy as they were
convinced that the banking systems were only applied to the rich. Additionally, they wished for
more federal regulation over the industry, money, and communication channels, including
railroads and telegraph
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. They needed a reasonable rate to help the farmers get the credit they
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. Roark, James L., Michael P. Johnson, Patricia Cline Cohen, Sarah Stage, Alan Lawson, and Susan M.
Hartmann. "The American Promise: A History of the United States from 1865. vol. II." (1998
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THE POPULIST OF 1896 AND THE PROGRESSIVE OF 1912 Student’s Name Class Date 2 Between 1890 and 1920, urbanization and industrialization were at the peak in America. The United States was transformed drastically from a rural society to an industrial nation. Before the Americans industrial transformation, most people had been brought up in mostly isolated agricultural areas and small towns that were connected to the external world by horses and wagons. This changed in the early 20th century as the increased supply and decreased cost of manufactured goods created a consumer revolution for most rural and urban households. As a consequent, America gained industrial revolution, which was founded on increasing employment, productivity and investment in the manufacturing sector. Also, the rate of rural to urban migration picked up during this era. Furthermore, during this period, a lot of corruption was witnessed at different levels of the government. Consequently, the populist and progressive parties were formed to attend to the social injustices witnessed. They saw an opportunity to attend to the numerous political, social, and economic problems that needed reform. The progressive and populist movements were formed during the outburst of workers' union after the civil war. The populist was established in 1896 in St. Louis by a group of poor Americans and farmers. During this time, the economy had picked up, and farm prices stabilized. The populist was referred to as the people ...
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