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During the late 1800s, farmers in the United States tended to feel that they were being exploited by richer Americans. In particular, they felt that banks and railroads exploited them. The farmers needed the banks to give them loans to allow them to plant their crops. They needed the railroads to transport their crops to market. Both industries, they felt, took advantage of their power and charged the farmers excessively high prices. Because of this, the farmers, and groups like the Grange that represented them, fought back against the upper classes through things like the creation of the Populist Party.
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