Rise of populism

Kese and Lex

James B. Weaver

James B Weaver was the first choice as the Candidate for the Peoples Party or the Populist party as they are better known. He wanted to push for the Omaha Platform which was a convention to support the coinage of silver. They believed the Government was creating a conspiracy against mankind, which if successful would give 16 ounces of silver the same value as 1 ounce of gold. The Republicans candidate was pushing for also, that was silver. So the Populist party had a choice, undermine their own party and split the silver vote between the two or support the Republicans. They ended up supporting the Republicans and Weaver never ran for President after that.

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