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This concise article in the Populist publication The Farmer's Wife defines the terms "bosses" and "machine," arguing that both the Republicans and the Democrats are corrupted by their involvement with big business. Congressmen, according to the Populists, exist simply to do the bidding of the political forces that seek to enrich themselves and show no concern for the problems of the common people. The Farmer's Wife was created by Ira and Emma Pack, who published it in Topeka, Kansas, from 1891 until 1894. The newspaper served as a forum to discuss reform movements (including populism and suffrage), to present human interest stories and to offer practical advice to Kansas women.

Creator: The Farmer's Wife
Date: April 1892

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Since both of these terms will be unfamiliar to students, this article will explain what it means to have a corrupt government. Thus, this source would work well as an introduction to discussions about where the Populists saw evidence of this corruption (e.g. in the railroad and other industries). It can also be used to highlight women's roles in this movement.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210558
Call Number: Microfilm T2255
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210558

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