The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions


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How did Granges differ from Farmers' Alliances?

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1. What did William Jennings Bryan mean when he said, You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold?

2. How did the Wabash Case impact the series of state-level regulations benefiting farmers known as Granger laws?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Learn how farmers in the Gilded Age fought back against a changing economic world when you take our interactive quiz. Pay attention to the political goals of the Granger movement and the strides made by the farmer-backed Populist Party.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Impetus for the Granger movement
  • Focus of the Granger laws
  • Goals of the Populist movement
  • Effect of the Wabash case
  • Populist presidential nominees

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the struggles that farmers faced during the Gilded Age
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Granger laws
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify the goals of the Populist movement

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson titled The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions will prepare you to:

  • Describe the economic climate for farmers in the Gilded Age and explain how that led to the Granger movement
  • Explain how urbanization and other factors resulted in less money for farmers
  • Discuss the debate over use of the gold and silver standards