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Populist Movement The Populist Movement gained prominence in the United States and Canada in the final quarter of the nineteenth century, organizing farmers and workers to support third-party politics aimed at opposing the economic a... The Populist Movement gained prominence in the United States and Canada in the final quarter of the nineteenth century, organizing farmers and workers to support third-party politics aimed at opposing the economic and political power of corporate wealth. Banks and railroads were favorite targets of Populists’ ire. In the United States, Populists had considerable political success in the late 1880's and early '90s with the Populist Party. The movement declined as an independent political movement with the nomination in 1896 of William Jennings Bryan as a Democratic candidate for President on a platform calling for the free coinage of silver. Show more Show less 1880 1
Populist Party In the 1890s the Populist Party united farmers and urban dwellers into a significant third party through which members sought to gain relief from debt, promoted reform of the monetary system, opposed monopolies and... In the 1890s the Populist Party united farmers and urban dwellers into a significant third party through which members sought to gain relief from debt, promoted reform of the monetary system, opposed monopolies and big business, and advocated the nationalization of railroads. Reflecting the participation of women in its ranks, the Party strongly supported woman suffrage and temperance. Show more Show less 1892 2