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Farming Conditions in the Progressive Era

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Nathan Underwood

on 14 March 2014

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Farming Conditions in the Progressive Era
1.) Consumed goods and services in a marketplace dominated by a big businesses. (monopolies)

2.) Sold their product in a marketplace dominated by big businesses.

3.) They were constantly hammered with debt.

Problems for Farmers During the Progressive Era
Due to the falling commodity prices (Wheat, Flour, Corn, Barley, Rice)the several hundred thousand farmers were trying to get out of bankruptcy. Overproduction continued to plague farmers as well. In result of these struggling conflicts, farmers essential focus was to get out of debt.

They wanted to keep up with the upcoming technology and be in a comfortable lead against competition to stay in business
Created the Country Life Commission (CLC). This directed the attention of the nation to the problems of the farm, and also for securing the knowledge of actual conditions of life in the open country.

Held 30 hearings of all regions in the U.S and sent 550,000 questionnaires to rural people.

The CLC had 3 movements that led to permanent reconstruction; taking stock out of country life, nationalized extension work, and a campaign for rural progress.
Teddy Roosevelt
Muckraker: Frank Norris
As a result of the creation of the Country Life Commission by Theodore Roosevelt, farmers experienced a lot better conditions than the past such as better business and better living on the farm.

The CLC improved these conditions with their three movements.
Results of Reforming
We feel that the farmers were in a tough position considering that it must have been difficult to try to keep up with the advancing technology in businesses. The discrimination treatment they got from railroads would have also been a struggle. The CLC helped the farmers a great amount because of it targeting government and the people of the U.S to show the need and importance of farming.
Kenny faced problems just like the farmers. ( Died in 2008)
Frank Norris
One of the more well known muckrakers that dealt with farmer's problem

Created the
"Epic of wheat "

It traced the cycle of America's wheat crop from the production in California to the distribution.
His novels explained that the world was becoming worse, and humanity's shameful instincts overwhelmed its honor
Goals of Farmers
Frank Norris
By Sydney, Emma, Nathan, and Christian
Organization begun by farmers in the late 1800's that began primarily as a social organization but also pushed for regulation of the railroads
Law passed by Congress which regulated the railroads and prohibited such actions as charging different customers different rates for hauling products the same amount of distance.
Interstate Commerce Act
Populist Party
Farmers focused on certain enemies in particular, especially the banks, farm machinery manufacturers, and, the most hated enemy of all, the railroads.
Many farmers believed that these organizations were engaged to squeeze every possible penny from them and at the same time that the farmers were paying more and more to borrow money, to buy equipment, and to ship their crops, the prices they received for those crops were falling dramatically
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