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According to this Populist article, while the "professors of capitalism" (meaning the Republicans) continued to maintain that capitalism benefited the common laborer, the numbers spoke differently. The federal Department of Agriculture's most recent report demonstrated that in each region of the nation (eastern, southern. Etc?) the average monthly wages for farm labor had decreased significantly since 1866. The paper concludes by saying that "the 'improvement' and 'betterment' has been for the capitalists only."

Creator: Topeka Populist
Date: July 30, 1892

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For classroom use this article would work well within discussions of why Populists wanted to reform the system and how they felt as if their needs were not being met by big businesses run purely for profit.

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210888
Call Number: Microfilm: T2735
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210888

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