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What caused the end of the populist movement?

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kguidry39 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM via web

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What caused the end of the populist movement?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM (Answer #1)

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The populist movement ended for two main reasons.  First, it was unable to get enough people to support it.  It was never really able to expand its base past the farm communities of the South and West.  It was never able to make inroads among the workers and among the middle class.  Second, the populist movement was absorbed into the Progressive movement.  The Progressives were able to take populist ideas and integrate them into a bigger movement.  The Progressives had a much bigger agenda and were able to appeal to workers and to the middle class.  Therefore, they were better than the populists at achieving populist goals.  This helped them to be successful and made the populists irrelevant.

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