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This article discusses how the "public highways" of the country (meaning the railroads) were under the control of capitalists instead of being the property of the people. The article, which is an excerpt of a speech by Kansas congressman John Davis, laments the fact that these are "sold as commodities of commerce." Davis, a Populist, believed that railroads were run by corrupt businessmen and owned by bankers who had no concern for the common people and who gave special privileges to the rich.

Creator: Topeka Populist
Date: June 25, 1892

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This is one of only a few sources that deals directly with the Populists' criticisms of railroads. It can also be used as a discussion starter about the corruption that comes with money (as the Populists would argue).

KS:7th:4.2:Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210887
Call Number: Microfilm: T2735
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210887

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