1983 Dbq Essay

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1983 DBQ Like any nation, America has historically relied heavily upon agriculture; however, differing from other nations is the unique set of problems agriculture has created through America’s brief history. It can even be argued agriculture was a catalyst for the Civil War; the South developing into a breadbasket, and the North developing into the manufacturing heartland of the nation; creating very distinct, almost alien cultures. A few decades after the Civil War, new problems were still popping up: chiefly that of discontent within agriculture. Farmers of the 1880s and the 1890s were having an increasingly difficult time. Mother Nature wrought her fury upon the poor farmer; through grasshoppers, floods, and droughts. But farmers placed the blame of their problems on two key areas: the money supply and the railroads. Deflation became a major problem in the 1800s for famers. Suffering more and more losses, year after year, many farmers were forced into foreclosure by their “Eastern Master (Doc D).” The main reason farmers were blaming this “Eastern Master” was that no one seemed to be aiding them in their plight apart from certain specific institutions, such as the Populist Party and the Grange. So they naturally turned to the Populist Party, who felt that silver was the answer, and the refusal to coin it a “vast conspiracy against mankind” across “two continents” and subsequently supported legislation such as The Sherman Silver Purchase Act, and a rebuke of the Coinage Act of 1873 (Doc A). It should be emphasized that silver would have in no way “[made] labor easier, the hours shorter, or the pay better.” To take a look from the farmer’s point of view, Frank Norris wrote his novel The Octopus. “Do you understand? I won’t make fifty cents. (Doc H)”. In all reality silver would have just lead to even more problems, as emphasized by William McKinley: “It would
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