The Populist party supported the farmers living in the Midwest and the Southern regions of the United States who were experiencing a lack of credit options, falling farm prices and crop failures. The party was also known... More »

The People's Party, or Populists, as they were known, advocated for a wide array of progressive causes from the free coinage of silver to statehood for the District of Columbia and women's suffrage. Their platform was co... More »

The United States populist movement of the 1890s was successful in bringing previously unconsidered economic grievances to the nation's attention, and it helped to eventually bring about significant reform legislation. A... More »

The Populist party was created to unite and empower the Farmers' Alliances that formed in the late 1800s. In 1892, the Populists ran their own candidates for U.S. president, Congress, state governorships and other govern... More »

Although the Populist Party failed as a viable third party, its work helped raise awareness and concern for the plight of farmers and workers. Many of the platforms advanced by the Populist Party were adopted by the Demo... More »

The Populist Party of the United States disbanded after the 1900 election. Though its supporters tried to rebuild the party in 1904, the new Populist Party lasted until just after the 1908 election, when it disbanded for... More »

The five major functions of a political party are recruitment of candidates, fundraising, campaign support, advocacy of political issues and government organization. The Democrats and Republicans are the dominant politic... More »