How Farmers responded

How Farmers responded.

  1. Farmer’s Alliance founded in the late 1870s.
    1. Farmers use their crops stored in federal warehouses as collateral for low-interest loans.
  2. The Grange (Patrons of Husbandry)(1887) worked toward the passage of laws regulating the railroads.
    1. Supreme Court favors regulation in Munn v. Illinois (1877).
    2. Supreme Court reverses that decision in Wabash v. Illinois (1886).
  • Anger over this ruling leads to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, which establishes the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC).
  1. Farmer’s cooperatives empowered farmers by giving them buying and selling power.
  2. Farmers from the people’s Party or Populist Party in the 1890s.
    1. Proposed government control of the currency.
    2. Proposed a system of low-cost public financing for farmers to market their crops.

Proposed public ownership of the railroads to guarantee farmers inexpensive access to

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