These questions come from Chp 17 from the book GIVE ME LIBERTY! QUESTION 1 What did the Populists want from the government?

These questions come from Chp 17 from the book GIVE ME LIBERTY!


  1. What did the Populists want from the government?
  2. They wanted the government to play a large role in the economy, doing things like setting railroad prices and making loans.
  3. They wanted the government to stop interfering in the economy–so, to get rid of regulation, avoid intervening in labor disputes, and the like.
  4. They wanted to protect white, male workers by restricting the rights of female and black Americans and forcing them out of the workforce.
  5. They wanted the government to support “ordinary” Americans (laborers, small farmers, factory workers, etc.) instead of “big business” or the wealthy (the railroads, bankers, factory owners, etc.).
  6. None of the above are correct.

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  1. What problems did the Populists have with winning elections?
  2. In the landlocked states of the west–Colorado, Nevada, Kansas, etc.–the Populist platform of having the government control the railroad industry was unpopular with farmers, since they depended on the trains to take their goods to market, so the farmers sided with the Republicans.
  3. The Populists were affiliated with the Marxist and Communist parties of Europe, which made the populists suspicious to capitalist Americans.
  4. In the agricultural south many black farmers were unwilling to leave the Republican party, and the anti-black Democratic party captured the white vote (with violence and fraud, when necessary).
  5. In the industrial cities of the north and the midwest, the Populists failed to win over workers; instead, urban workers joined the Republicans.
  6. None of the above are correct.

1 points  


  1. How did the South change in the years after Reconstruction?
  2. A wave of investment from the industrial North led to the growth of new factory towns, like Birmingham, and diversified the economy, such that the South, by 1900, was actually wealthier and more economically stable than the North.
  3. Southern states passed laws to limit the political power of poor people and black people, both by keeping them from voting and by physically separating them with segregated facilities.
  4. In the South, the “justice” system created a system similar to slavery, using minor offenders as forced labor for private businesses, and included public violence, in the form of mobs torturing and killing people in public.
  5. The “Redeemers” responded to the embarassment of the Civil War and slavery by trying to obliterate public memory of the Civil War and the antebellum South.
  6. None of the above are correct.

1 points  


  1. How did people who lacked power in American society try to improve their political, economic, or social position?
  2. Chinese immigrants succeeded in using the court system to overturn racist immigration laws and education policies that excluded Chinese students from “white” schools.
  3. Factory workers in the steel and rubber and industries forced large businesses to accept union membership and negotiate higher wages with their workers.
  4. By abandoning political opposition and social protest in favor of peaceful participation in the economy, African Americans were finally able to convince the white governments of the South that they could be trusted with full equality as voters and citizens.
  5. In order to boost their political influence, women’s suffrage groups allied themselves with immigrant and minority groups.
  6. None of the above are correct.

1 points  


  1. Which of the following were described as reasons for America’s interest in overseas conquest/territory?
  2. Islands, like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines, are strategically useful as naval bases, and a country needs a powerful navy if it wants to prosper.
  3. Americans feared that Spain might use Cuba as a staging area for an invasion of the mainland United States.
  4. Americans wanted to sell stuff around the world–and especially in China and Latin America–and the islands captured in the Spanish-American War would support that activity.
  5. A war with Spain would be just the thing to get Americans all fired up again, which was important because the problems of the 1890s had created conflict and reduced the nation’s “manliness.”
  6. None of the above are correct.

1 points  


  1. The book argues that the expansion of both American ideas and U.S. military power didn’t work out so great for a lot of people. What are some examples of the problems?
  2. In China, the influx of manufactured American goods destroyed the local economy and put millions of Chinese people in the textile industry out of work.
  3. More than 100,000 Filipinos were dead as the result of their war against the U.S. occupation.
  4. By the 1920s, Puerto Ricans were some of the poorest people in the Caribbean.
  5. The government of South Africa used Mississippi as a model for how to deal with black citizens (as in, how to suppress them).
  6. None of the above are correct.

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