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Marc D Toto Essay 1 While despised and rejected for a season won triumphantly in the end This quote by John Hicks in 1931 which perfectly states the relationship between Populism and Progressivism As Populism faded after its rejection in 1892 and 1896 Presidential Elections a new Progressive platform emerged and took on the goals of Populism The Progressive reform accomplished its goals as well as the goals of the Populists Populism had many goals and aspects which it pursued and tried to achieve These aspects were to reintroduce silver as the monetary base instead of gold a gradated income tax government control and ownership of the railroads secret ballots direct election of United States Senators immigration restraints postal savings banks to compete with private banks an eight-hour work day federal government housing of crops initiative referendum and recall The Populist Party which only existed during the elections of 1892 and 1896 saw few of their ideas become laws or be passed as bills The first that was passed was the Australian or secret ballot which was passed in the 1880s and by the First World War the entire country was using it The second goal that they achieved was the start of the direct primary It was not used everywhere until the Progressive era Despite the short period of its existence the Populist movement exercised a huge influence on later United States political life especially during the progressive era almost all the original Populist demands which at one time were widely viewed as radical and conflicting to Americas free enterprise system were eventually made into law Many aspects of the Populist movement were the same as the goals of the Progressive movement The only exception is that the Progressives were able to turn these goals into laws The progressives were involved with all the aspects of Populism except the silver policy plus they added their own goals most of
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