Ch 14 Project Part G By Hannah Rousseau

Populist Party

A new national party that demanded radical changes in federal economic and social policies, also known as the People's Party and formed from the Farmers' Alliance.

Things the Populist Party believed in:

  • An increased circulation of money.
  • The unlimited minting of silver.
  • A progressive income tax, in which the percentage of taxes owned increases with a rise in income. This tax would place a greater financial burden on wealthy industrialists and a lesser one on farmers.
  • Government ownership of communications and transportation systems.
  • Endorsed an 8 hour work day.
  • Opposed the use of Pinkertons, the private police force that had been involved in the bloody Homestead Strike of 1892, as strikebreakers.
  • Sought a united front of African Americans and white farmers.

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