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So. Alliance  wanted to gain control of the Democratic Party.

No. Alliance  ran 3rd Party candidates.

1892  800 met in St. Louis, MO

majority were Alliance members.

over 100 were African Americans.

reps. of labor organizations & other reformers (Grange, Greenback Party).

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Platform of Lunacy

Platform of Lunacy

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The Populist (Peoples) Party

The Populist (Peoples) Party

Founded by James B. Weaver and Tom Watson.

Omaha, NE Convention in July, 1892.

Got almost 1 million popular votes.

Several Congressional seats won.

James B. Weaver, Presidential Candidate

& James G. Field, VP

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Omaha Platform of 1892

Omaha Platform of 1892

System of sub-treasuries.

Abolition of the National Bank.

Direct election of Senators.

Govt. ownership of RRs, telephone & telegraph companies.

Government-operated postal savings banks.

Restriction of undesirable immigration.

8-hour work day for government employees.

Abolition of the Pinkerton detective agency.

Australian secret ballot.

Re-monitization of silver.

A single term for President & Vice President.

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Govt.-Owned Companies

Govt.-Owned Companies

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1892 Election

1892 Election

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Bi-Metallism Issue

Bi-Metallism Issue

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The Panic of 1893

The Panic of 1893

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Causes of the 1893 Panic

Causes of the 1893 Panic

Begun 10 days after Cleveland took office.

Several major corps. went bankrupt.

Over 16,000 businesses disappeared.

Triggered a stock market crash.

Over-extended investments.

Bank failures followed causing a contraction of credit [nearly 500 banks closed].

By 1895, unemployment reached 3 million.

Americans cried out for relief, but the Govt. continued its laissez faire policies!!

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Here Lies Prosperity

Here Lies Prosperity

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Written by a Farmer at the End of the 19c

Written by a Farmer at the End of the 19c

When the banker says he's broke And the merchants up in smoke, They forget that it's the farmer who feeds them all. It would put them to the test If the farmer took a rest; Then they'd know that it's the farmer feeds them all.

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