The Populist party founded in Cincinnati, Ohio (63 words)

Historical Context Note


The Populist Party (also known as the People's Party) was founded in Ohio in 1891. Its support came from poor white farmers across the South and also in the Plains states. They viewed the two main parties, the Democrats and Republicans, as elitist and unrepresentative of their needs. The Populist Party called for the abolition of banks and Government control of railroads and communications.