The Omaha Platform: Launching the Populist Party (1892)
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The Omaha Platform, adopted by the founding convention of the Populist/People's Party on July 4, 1892, set out the basic tenets of the Populist movement. The movement had emerged out of the cooperative crusade organized by the Farmer’s Alliance in the 1880s. The preamble was written by Minnesota lawyer, farmer, politician, and novelist Ignatius Donnelly. Here is an extract from the platform.