Challenges Faced by Farmers in America's Gilded Age Quiz

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What were some of the factors that contributed to the transformation of America into an urban, industrial power during the Gilded Age?

Significant immigration, urbanization, new land available for cultivation in the West, efficient transportation via the transcontinental railroad, and innovations in farming technology.

How did the increase in wheat production and the conversion of new farmland affect the economics of farming during the Gilded Age?

The increase in wheat production and conversion of new farmland led to a surplus, causing prices to go down and negatively impacting the farmers who had gone into debt to invest in their farms.

What were some challenges faced by American farmers during the Gilded Age?

Challenges faced by American farmers during the Gilded Age included falling prices due to surplus, competition from bumper crops in South America and Europe, and the impact of protective tariffs on farm goods.

What were the Granger movement and Farmers' Alliances, and when did they emerge?

The Granger movement and Farmers' Alliances were organized movements by farmers to address their grievances and advocate for their rights. The Granger movement emerged in 1867.

What were some of the causes of distress and discontent among American farmers during the Gilded Age?

Causes of distress and discontent among American farmers during the Gilded Age included falling prices, competition from foreign markets, and the burden of debt from investing in their farms.

What were some of the goals of the Populist Party?

Some goals of the Populist Party included a one-term limit for the presidency, direct election of senators, recalls on public officials, and secret ballots.

Who did the Populists run as their presidential candidate in 1892?

James Weaver

What was the central focus of the Populists' campaign in 1892?

The Populists campaigned against Eastern financial interests and their alleged conspiracy to replace America's agrarian tradition with an industrial future.

Which political party did most Populists defect from in the 1896 election?

Most Populists defected from the Democrat Party.

Who was the Democratic candidate for the 1896 presidential election?

William Jennings Bryan

What were the primary concerns of the Grange and Farmers' Alliances?

The primary concerns of the Grange and Farmers' Alliances were the monopolistic pricing of the railroads and the federal government's economic policies that favored industry over agriculture.

What was the outcome of the Munn v. Illinois case?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Munn v. Illinois case that when a business affected the public interest, the government had the right to regulate it.

Why did farmers advocate for the use of silver to back dollars?

Farmers advocated for the use of silver to back dollars in order to increase the money supply and create inflation, which would help them pay off their debts more easily.

What were some of the economic and democratic reforms proposed by the Populist Party?

Some of the economic and democratic reforms proposed by the Populist Party included the free coinage of silver, a graduated income tax, government ownership of railroads and telegraph lines, the abolition of national banks, and lowering protective tariffs for manufacturing.

Why did farmers believe that the gold standard led to deflation?

Farmers believed that the gold standard led to deflation because it stabilized the currency and discouraged inflation, making it harder for farmers in debt to pay off their loans.

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