Approximately, when was the Populist Party formed? What were the principal planks in the PP platform?
Organizes 1890/91; 1892, writes party platform and nominates pres/vp candidates (etc.)
(1) Currency: free silver, (2) low tariff, (3) graduated income tax, (4) want gov't to regulate economy (gov't must protect "little man" against power of "big business").
(1) Gov't ownership of RRs, telephone, telegraph (2) Graduated federal income tax (3) Direct election of U.S. senators (4) Secret ballot (5) Direct primaries (6) Initiative, referendum and recall (want tools for more direct participation in gov't) (7) FREE & UNLIMITED COINAGE OF SILVER AT RATIO OF 16 TO 1 (8) Eight-hour work day (in class, not in outline).