SAT Subject US History Practice Question 994: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 994

75. The platform of the People's (Populist) Party, ratified at its founding convention in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1892, consisted of all the following demands EXCEPT

A. a graduated income tax.
B. an increase in the supply of money.
C. the eight-hour day for workers.
D. government ownership of railroads.
E. an end to immigration restrictions.

Correct Answer: E


The Populist platform called for immigration restrictions in order to forge an alliance with urban workers. They argued that the large number of immigrants weakened the bargaining position of American workers. The wide-ranging set of demands included a graduated income tax (A), inflationary policies (B), the eight-hour workday (C), and government control of railroads (D) and banks.

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