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  • 1. The Grange Movement and Populism 10-2 Social Studies
  • 2. Learning Targets
    • I understand the political and economic issues of the Populist party
    • I can explain the “plight” of the farmers in the late 19 th century.
    • I can evaluate how corruption at the economic and political levels affected farmers.
  • 3. Grange Movement
    • Many farmers in the 1880s began “dry farming”
    • Great Plains-bread basket
    • Grange Movement: Organize and unify farmers
      • Political and social aspects
      • Women played key roles on farms
      • Social events to end isolation
      • Education
  • 4. Trouble!
    • The Industrial Revolution
      • Increased production
        • Lower prices
      • Improved technology
      • Debt
    • Many farmers lost farms/homes
      • Became tennents
    • Railroad rates high
    • Government Corruption
    • Gold Standard
      • Kept crop prices low
    • Monopolies
  • 5. Demands!
    • Called for regulation of the railroads
    • Interstate Commerce Act
      • Formation of ICC
    • Populist Party
      • Formed around Grange Movement
      • Called for coinage of silver to inflate prices
      • Sherman Silver Purchase Act
      • Supported government ownership of railroads, coinage of silver, labor regulations, and communications regulations