1/16 Late 1800s Populism

The same homesteaders that flocked to the American West in the second half of the 1800s soon considered themselves to be at the mercy of monopolistic railroad companies, deeply indebted due to low inflation, and ignored by “elitist” lawmakers in congress.  So, they formed their own Populist Party.

In this activity, students build off of their knowledge of homesteaders and examine two primary source documents to gain a better understanding of the Populist Party platform and how Populist leaders appealed to the “common man”.