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In 1890, Populist Party won control of the Kansas state legislature. The People's Party (more commonly known as the Populist Party) was established as a reform movement with roots across the country, but nowhere stronger than in Kansas. These "Populists" wanted to change the monetary system to make currency more readily available; to create income tax with a sliding scale based on earnings; to put railroads, telegraph, and telephones under government control; to prevent foreign ownership of land; and to overhaul the election process, giving the public more control.

Date: between 1890 and 1908

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Item Number: 211900
KSHS Identifier: 2001.84.9

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