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  1896: The People's Party
One, the fusion Populists, sought to merge with the Democrats, using the threat of independent organization to force changes in the major party's platform.
In practice, these Populists were not "in the middle," but more sweeping in their political goals than either of the major parties, while fusionists were more willing to compromise in hopes of winning powerful Democratic allies.
Fusionist Populists campaigned enthusiastically for Bryan; many Republicans and Gold Democrats depicted "Populists" and "Silver Democrats" as a united opposition, though this was far from the case.
projects.vassar.edu /1896/populists.html   (1831 words)

  The Populist Paradox
A true populist would try to appeal broadly, across the entire population, especially to the least privileged that make up the majority of people, not the smartest, not the richest, not the most educated Americans.
A populist must surely be a status quo buster by representing the interests of non-elites, the larger public of working- and middle-class people that are the victims of elitists.
A true populist relates to the common person because he or she by virtue of their entire background is more of a common person than an elitist.
www.opednews.com /articles/opedne_joel_s___060820_the_populist_paradox.htm   (1526 words)

  New Georgia Encyclopedia: Populist Party
Blatant corruption at the polls was needed for Northen to defeat the Populist Watson.
(Populists believed that the extra days were needed to doctor the ballots.) At length, William Y. Atkinson, the Democratic candidate for governor, was declared the victor, having taken 55.6 percent of the vote.
Populists across the country were stunned by the results of the Democratic convention.
www.georgiaencyclopedia.org /nge/Article.jsp?id=h-628   (1632 words)

  Populist Party (United States) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Populist Party was a short-lived political party in late 19th century in the United States.
The Populist Party was formed by members of the Alliance, in conjunction with the Knights of Labor, in 1889–1890.
Opposition to the gold standard was especially strong among western farmers, who viewed the inherent scarcity of gold (and its slow movement through the banking system) as an instrument of Eastern banking interests who could force mass bankruptcies among farmers in the west by instigating "credit crunches".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_Populist_Party   (777 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Populist
Populist Movement (Russia) A group of agrarian socialists in Russia devoted to radical reform and government by small economic units resembling village communes.
Populist Party (USA) A US agrarian organization that began in 1889 as a grouping of southern and western interests seeking to remedy the lot of debtor farmers.
March of the Populists; The movement is spreading beyond its Latin roots, as leaders from Paris to Beijing respond to rising public worries about jobs and inequality.
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 Populism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Populists are seen by some scholars as a largely democratic and positive force in society, while other scholars argue populist mass movements are irrational and introduce instability into the political process.
This was the party of the early U.S. Populist movement in which millions of farmers and other working people successfully challenged much of the social ills engendered by the "Gilded Age" monopolists.
In 1984 the Populist Party name was revived by Willis Carto, and was used in 1988 as a vehicle for the Presidential campaign of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Populism   (1847 words)

 Populist party. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The goal of the Populists in 1892 was no less than that of replacing the Democrats as the nation’s second party by forming an alliance of the farmers of the West and South with the industrial workers of the East.
In 1896, while the Republican party adhered to the “sound money” platform, the Populists kept intact their platform of 1892; the Democratic party, however, adopted the plank of free coinage of silver and nominated William Jennings Bryan for President.
Although the Populists tried to retain their independence by repudiating the Democratic vice presidential candidate, the Democratic party, helped by the eloquence of Bryan, captured the bulk of the Populist votes in 1896.
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 Populist Party
While Populists continued to hold power in a few Western states, the party ceased to be a factor in national politics.
The Populist gathering of this year lacked the drill and distinction and wealth of the Republican convention held the month before in the same building.
The nomination of Thomas E. Watson for the vice presidency by the Populists complicates the situation in an unfortunate degree.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /USApopulistP.htm   (1689 words)

 Populist USA on the issues
The old Populist Party of the late 19th century could not be described as an all-together capitalist party.
Populist USA will never allow any law to be passed which will prevent gay marriages; marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman.
Populist USA wants funding to be spent on modernizing and effectively training the military, not necessarily enlarging it.
www.angelfire.com /alt/populistusa/issues.html   (1583 words)

 Policy Network - The populist deficiency of European social democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The populist aversion to institutions and representation, and hence its allergy to the formation of parties along traditional lines, means that it lacks powerful political machines built around cadres and with some degree of continuity and consistency in their programmes.
Populist right-wing politics is part of a new, postmodern political debate centering on the question of political culture.
Populists regard the sociopolitical system as a whole, and certainly political parties such as the social democratic machines, as a corrupt filter separating he rulers from he people.
www.progressive-governance.net /php/article.php?aid=92&sid=10   (9041 words)

 TAP: Vol 13, Iss. 16. Why Democrats Must Be Populists. John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Many populists owned their own farms, and they saw an alliance with labor as an alliance between "capital and labor." "Capital and labor should be allies and not enemies," the Farmers Alliance, the founding populist organization, declared in 1885.
The populists believed that unearned wealth should be taxed and that corporations should not be subsidized by government, but they were not levelers.
Their model of populist advocacy is the 1930s, when populism did appeal primarily to a working-class electorate.
www.prospect.org /print/V13/16/judis-j.html   (3096 words)

 The Populist Movement and the Struggle for Reform in America
The Populists larger concern is that democracy in the United States is threatened by the growth of large national corporations and increasing inequality between the rich and the poor.
The Populists thus reached out to poor White and Black farmers, arguing that they should ignore their traditional racial animosities and join together to challenge the power of the corporate elite that was destroying their future.
Populists understood that many American women worked on and owned farms, worked in factories, and were suffering along side their husbands and men as a result of the growing power of large corporations and the wealthy.
www.colorado.edu /AmStudies/lewis/2010/populism.htm   (1669 words)

 Handbook of Texas Online:
Populist leaders encouraged the establishment and growth of reform journals, and the reform press, vigorous and crusading, became a factor in Populist success.
Populists argued in 1894 that voters could not expect reform from a party that had no genuine, unified commitment to reform.
Populists in the state attributed the poor performance to the fusionist efforts of the national party leaders.
www.tsha.utexas.edu /handbook/online/articles/view/PP/wap1.html   (2646 words)

 Progressive Populist
The Progressive Populist is an independent newspaper that reports from the Heartland of America on issues of interest to workers, small business people and family farmers and ranchers.
Also featured in the Essays section is "Democratic Money: A Populist Perspective", with Lawrence Goodwyn, William Greider and Tom Schlesinger of the Southern Finance Project discussing the Populism of the 1890s and how those historical lessons relate to the prospects for financial reform today.
We aim to make the Progressive Populist the antidote to the monopoly daily news, throw a lifeline to progressives who feel like they are stranded in a sea of conservatives, and maybe play a role in reviving political and economic debate.
www.populist.com   (3744 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: Muslim Students at Penn Sponsor Nazi by Jonathan Calt Harris
The weekly’s investigation revealed that Baker had served as the Populist Party’s chairman in 1984 and organized its convention that year.
The Populist Party was an initiative of Willis Carto, the well-known neo-Nazi figure also known for founding the Institute for Historical Review, a group devoted to Holocaust denial,[6] and publisher of the nation’s foremost anti-Semitic newspaper, The
The Populist platform distributed at 1984 convention included provisions calling for the repeal of sections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the restoration of segregation laws.
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 Columbia Encyclopedia- Populist party - AOL Research & Learn
The goal of the Populists in 1892 was no less than that of replacing the Democrats as the nation's second party by forming an alliance of the farmers of the West and South with the industrial workers of the East.
James B. Weaver was the Populist candidate for President that year, and he polled over 1,041,000 votes.
Although the Populists tried to retain their independence by repudiating the Democratic vice presidential candidate, the Democratic party, helped by the eloquence of Bryan, captured the bulk of the Populist votes in 1896.
reference.aol.com /columbia/_a/populist-party/20051207015209990003   (469 words)

 The Populist Party in Nebraska
The Independent People's Party (Populist) Convention at Columbus, Nebraska, where Omer Kem was nominated for Congress, July 15, 1890, photo by Solomon D. Butcher.
The one bright spot for the Populists was that they were able to re-unite with the Democrats in the state legislature and they elected a Populist judge from Madison County, William V. Allen, to the United States Senate.
Holcomb was re-elected governor in 1896 and another Populist, William Poynter, was elected in 1898.
www.nebraskastudies.org /0600/stories/0601_0303.html   (942 words)

 Bambooweb: Populism
Some early left-wing populist parties directly fed into the later emergence of the Socialist movement, while other populist parties have taken on a more right-wing character and fed the careers of people widely viewed as demagogues, such as Father Charles Coughlin.
Mencken defined a demagogue as "one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." The word is nowadays mostly used as a political insult: political opponents are described as demagogues, but people we approve of are "men of the people", or great speechmakers.
It could be argued that none of these men were genuine populists because they usually saw the masses as not fit to govern for themselves and therefore their elitist and privileged style of leadership was needed to govern and regulate the behaviour of the masses.
www.bambooweb.com /articles/p/o/Populism.html   (1476 words)

 Populist party — Infoplease.com
Populist party, in U.S. history, political party formed primarily to express the agrarian protest of the late 19th cent.
Populist party: Formation of the Party - Formation of the Party During the Panic of 1873 agricultural prices in the United States began to...
Populist party: Goals - Goals The party adopted a platform calling for free coinage of silver, abolition of national banks,...
www.infoplease.com /ce6/history/A0839726.html   (236 words)

 Populism and the 1896 Election - The Wizard of Oz - Turn Me On, Dead Man   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The rapid growth of the Farmers' Alliances and frustration with the two major parties led to the formation of the Populist party, which proved to be a serious challenge to the two major parties.
The Populists enjoyed the greatest support on the Great Plains but they did not have much support among industrial workers, most of whom were in the east and Great Lakes regions.
The Populists were faced with a choice of either running their own candidate for president in 1896 or casting their lot with the Democratic Party.
www.turnmeondeadman.net /OZ/Populism.html   (343 words)

 MyDD :: Latin America Matters: Populist or Leftist?
In short, the Populist vs Leftist distinction boils down to whether the leader is merely "buying his way to power" by appealing to the masses, using demagoguery, nationalism, or whether the leader represents a popular political movement with an interest and well though-out strategy for making structural changes to the economy.
Populist is NOT a "style." It is a term that was invented to describe a real movement by real people who left behind real political documents that we can read.
Generally, populist politicians are known to have a very distinctive rhetorical style, and make broad promises that would, at least in theory, directly and immediately help 'the average person' in the population.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/6/26/138/24313   (4789 words)

 Populist - Research the news about Populist - from HighBeam Research
Populist languages make no demands on their listeners; they flatter...
the nativism that indeed curdled the Populists of that era.
Why democrats must be populists: and what populist-phobes don't understand about America.
www.highbeam.com /search.aspx?q=Populist&ref_id=ency_botnm   (1111 words)

 Wizard of Oz
His brief stay in South Dakota spanned the period of the formation of the Populist Party, an attempt by Midwestern farmers to use the ballot to restrain the power of the banks, railroads, and other economic interests that had been squeezing farmers through a combinaton of low prices, high freight rates, and continued indebtedness.
The Populists, an alliance of farmers and some urban workers (many affiliated with the Knights of Labor), advocated government ownership and operation of the railroads, telephone and telegraph industries, and graduated income tax, postal savings banks, secret ballot elections, direct election of senators, and silver coinage.
Populists received 40 percent of the vote in the 1894 congressional elections and looked forward to winning the Presidency--and the silver standard--in 1896.
www.wccusd.k12.ca.us /elcerrito/history/oz.htm   (1450 words)

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