What are some of the issues we still face today that were similar to what the Populist Party's monetary and economic platform was in the 1800's?

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katehackett | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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This is an answer that will definitely change based upon who you ask. I think it's safe to say that we're absolutely in a similar situation though and I applaud the connection made here.


If you're asking for further research opportunities, I suggest you take a look at:


- the rights of women

- rights of unions/general assemblies

- how big business (trusts/monopolies) operate

- rich vs. poor


The last two points are key-- during the late 1800s/early 1900s Roosevelet and (more notably) Taft really began breaking up trusts (Sherman Anti-Trust Act, etc) that would damage big business. People were not allowed to accumulate money so dishonestly. Now we see the same argument magnified: are corporations people?


The final point I suggested is the rich vs. poor: you see a huge gap in wealth during the Gilded Age, just like you see the angry 99%s now.