Populism and Agrarian Discontent

by Michael Kazin

Today, the Gilded Age evokes thoughts of “robber baron” industrialists, immigrants toiling long hours in factories for little pay, massive strikes that were often put down by force, and political corruption in both big cities and the halls of Congress. But there were also serious problems in rural America, where most of the population lived. And many small farmers turned to social movements and politics to remedy those ills.More »

Essays

Mary E. Lease in an illustration from Puck, 1896. (LC-DIG-ppmsca-28845)

Mary Elizabeth Lease: Populist Reformer

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Featured Primary Sources

John Mosby, ca. 1870 (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

John Mosby on the silver issue, 1895

Creator: John S. Mosby Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels:
People’s Party campaign poster, 1892. (Library of Congress)

People’s Party campaign poster, 1892

Creator: Populist Party Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+
“I feed you all!” lithograph by American Oleograph Co., Milwaukee, ca. 1875. (Li

The Grange Movement, 1875

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Teaching Resources

Responses to Industrialism

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Rise of the Populists and William Jennings Bryan

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The Farmers' Revolt

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
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