Populism and Progressives | Documentary



you during the early 1900s support for populism and progressivism intensified due to the hardships endured by factory workers railroad workers farmers and other blue-collar workers during this time period in this era common laborers had very little benefits or incentives for working they had to work long hours in hazardous areas with the bad working conditions and received very little pay to compensate most of these laborers had recently emigrated and did not originally know that they had a voice in the government once these blue collar workers learned of the basics of American politics from fellow workers they went and joined the unions in order to get their voices heard the origin of American populism was in the early 1890s when farmers laborers and middle-class activists found an independent party known as the People's Party also known as the populist party the creation of the populist party was driven by the interests of the common man and the civil war did little to stem support for populism the civil war specifically was a major factor in the formation of the populist party because it limited southern and wheat through war and drought which in turn led many southern farmers into poverty the populist party was officially established in 1892 after the farmers alliance and nights of labor unions merged the influence of the populist party was nothing to scoff at there existed three major populist in Congress in Tom Watson of Georgia Jeremiah Simpson of Kansas and Mary Ann cannon of California there were also three populist senators in William a pepper of Kansas William B Allen of Nebraska and Marian Butler of North Carolina populist also held key offices in many states including North Carolina Colorado in Kansas in fact support for populism was so great a populist presidential candidate James V Weaver guarded more than 1 million votes although the number may pale in comparison to the main parties keep in mind that this is the most successful a third party has been up to that point in American history the main ideology of populism revolves around the common man they believe that the common man should be active in government and should have a chance to succeed society such are the ideals that America was founded on although many Americans viewed populism as an anti-capitalist movement populism ideologically is not directed against a capitalist system but populism stood for was the idea of the common man uniting against the oppression of a big usually unfair institution for example the railroad companies in response to the state of the economy after the panic of 1893 William Jennings Bryan stood for the free silver and easy money movement on that basis he is nominated by the populist Democrats a national silver party's as a candidate for the 1896 presidential election Bryan and his supporters fought hard and zealously but in the end lost so 51 to 46.7% popular vote and 271 to 176 electoral vote this election proved to be the populist greatest achievement but led to their downfall as well their policy of a 16 to 1 silver to gold ratio was adopted by the Democratic Party and was put onto the national spotlight but their policy was also being adopted by the Democrats this meant that although populist ideas were gaining national recognition and approve manoah's to support the populist as a more prominent Democrat Party also had what the common man wanted following the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 progressivism started to find its place in America as Theodore Roosevelt although Republican by party started to put into effect many policies that could have been considered progressive such as his famous trust-busting endeavors progressive hasn't been seen by quite a few to be the same as populism but the truth is they had their differences for one regressive ISM was mainly supported by the middle class who felt that they are being exploited by the rich progressivism also focused on changing the American political system as opposed to populism who tried to reform the economic system progressivism stands for a more ethical and less selfish America but advocated using the government to help the people many ideas sprouted from the minds of progressives attempting to make America more righteous and benevolent country particularly appealing to children and women all our progressives believed in the fair treatment of all and the helping of other Americans one group they neglected more or less intentionally for minorities Roosevelt for example remained stagnant in civil rights because of the outrage sparked by his invitation of perky Washington to the White House for dinner the reason progressivism and populism get tied together often is because of the implementing the populist ideas by Teddy Roosevelt during his presidency he's included making safer working conditions of a natori a decreased workweek and other Pro labor laws populist ideas were becoming accepted and used by the progressives but that in no way meant that a populist were gaining favor with progressives in fact many progressives strongly oppose populism because of its seemingly communist origins of the poor working class rising up to revolutionize the future although neither progressive or populist candidate ever won the presidential election their party's influences were what to find American the near future such ideals like a federal income tax insured bank deposits and antitrust laws are proof that both the populist and progressives have left their mark on American history you




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  1. The cracking from the 'aspirated stops' isn't mixing, it's from mis-using the microphone. Without the kind of screening one sees between vocalists and microphones in recording studios, the air from hard syllable-initial consonants smacks a mic's 'eardrum' if one aims right at it. Instead, orient it perpendicular to the path of the air, so as to speak over the microphone, not into it.

  2. A+ on content and getting much into a small clip. If you ever edit it in the future you might consider decreasing the music audio so that it elevates the isolation of the voice. Also, the dreaded narrator's "PH" sounds seems to swell and ebb with the volume of the music. Could be nothing more that needing remixing… like I know what I'm talking about… or do I?    ;o)

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