Compare and contrast the Omaha platform of 1892 and the Progressive party platform of 1912.

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Both platforms were designed to help the disadvantaged, most notably farmers and industrial workers. Both platforms also had ideas that were picked up by mainstream Democrat and Republican presidential candidates.

The Populist Omaha platform called for more silver to be put into circulation. This was meant to give farmers more access to credit. It also called for an end to privately-owned banks and an income tax. It called for the direct election of senators as well as the eight-hour work day.

The Progressive platform of 1912 was led by Theodore Roosevelt, who took up the party's cause after the Republicans abandoned him...

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