Preamble to the Populist Platform, 1892

People's Party Platform, 1896

Rerum Novarum, the 1891 encyclical by Pope Leo XIII that helped to legitimize the labor union movement and legislation promoting workers rights.

Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 Supreme Court decision that upheld segregation, with Justice John Harlan's ringing, if solitary, dissent.

The War Prayer, by Mark Twain, written in response to the Spanish-American War of 1899-1902, which he opposed.

Populist Studies Page by by Gene Clanton, author of POPULISM: THE HUMANE PREFERENCE IN AMERICA, 1890-1900 (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991) and CONGRESSIONAL POPULISM AND THE CRISIS OF THE 1890S (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998).

Texts on Populism by Worth Robert Miller, professor of history at Southwest Missouri State University, including:
Centennial Historiography of Populism;
Farmers and Third Party Politics in Late 19th-Century America;
Building a Progressive Coalition in Texas: The Populist-Reform Democrat Rapprochement, 1900-1907
Harrison County Methods: Electoral Fraud in Late 19th-Century Texas

Thom Hartmann discusses how the concept of "corporate personhood" was codified without an actual court order in the 1886 Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad case that granted corporations civil rights under the 14th Amendment.

How Corporate Personhood Threatens Democracy, a report by Kimberly French on a 2003 speech by Ward Morehouse, among resources at Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy.

Resources for a course at the University of Colorado on the Populist Movement and Political Reform.

History of Populism in Nebraska, retitled Roots of the Progressive Movement in Nebraska, including The Grange, the Farmers Alliance, the Populists, William Jennings Bryan and the Progressive Movement, at

History of the Colored Farmers Alliance. Preliminary research for writing a history of the Colored Farmers Alliance in the Populist movement: 1886-1896, by Omar Ali, Columbia University

Williams Jenning Bryan, a web site memorializing "The Great Commoner," a populist lawyer, newspaper editor and three-time Democratic nominee for President (1896, 1900, 1908) who championed family farms, antitrust legislation, campaign finance reform, food safety and international peacekeeping.

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