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What were the reform goals for the populist party?

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February 21, 2008 12:33AM

Platform issues: -Free coinage of silver and issuance of large amounts of paper currency to help debt ridden farmers

-Abolition of the national banking system

-Nationalization of railroads

-Graduated income tax

-Direct election of senators

-referendums, initiatives, and recalls

-Government ownership of the telephone and telegraph

-New federal subtreasury for farmers Supplementary issues (not regarded as platform): -Australian ballot

-Further restriction of immigration and contract labor

-Rigid enforcement of the 8 hour law

-Abolition of the Pinkerton detective system

-An end to subsidies

-Cuban independence (?)