The Farmers Alliance originated in Lampasas, Texas, in 1877. Its purpose was to represent the farmer’s grievances against the railroads and other agencies they believed were harming them politically and economically. It endorsed candidates for elective offices and eventually was a source for the political movement known as the People’s (or Populist) Party that challenged the Democratic and Republican parties in the late 1890s.
This collection was donated to the Library by Mrs. Laom Perdue in November 1970.
Scope and Contents Note
The collection includes constitutions, proceedings of annual meetings, pamphlets, and two photographs pertaining to the Alliance dated from 1874 - 1892.
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Last updated: June 26, 2014