Progressive era and populist party question? Was he Populist movement and its People's Party eventually absorbed into the Republican Party? And would you say the Progressive Era became associated with the Democratic Party? I'm having a hard time =/ Since wasn't Roosevelt a Republican and had some views that were similar to the populist? And wasn't Wilson a Democrat?
The Populist Movement was rural-based and developed to help the farmers mostly with the cost of transportation of their crops to markets, their prices, and a cooperative voice to sway government officials at both the state and federal levels with regards to the interest charged on loans for farmers. The Grange was a major organization for the farmers, a union if you will, like the unions formed for skilled and unskilled workers in industry. William Jennings Bryan was their standard bearer for three presidential elections. The Progressive Movement was an attempt to improve American society through charities and government actions. The Muckrakers were an important group of magazine, newspaper, and novelists that raised issues about the workers during the Gilded Age. Theodore Roosevelt (a Republican) and Woodrow Wilson (a democrat) were the two presidents most responsible for the success of the Progressive Movement. Each was driven by his concerns over domestic issues, and quite successful in bringing important changes for the betterment of working-class populations across America. Regardless of party affiliations, their efforts helped America socially, politically, and economically.