In class we have to right a thesis for the 1983 dbq. Here is the question...
Documents A-H reveal some of the problems that many farmers in the late nineteenth century (1880-1900) saw as threats to their way of life. Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, (a) explain the reasons for agrarian discontent and (b) evaluate the validity of the farmers' complaints.
Here is my thesis so far:
The farmers believed in the late 1800s that the railroad companies were strangling away their profits and the government was in favor of big business which gave them reason for discontent. The farmers had every right to be upset about the situation because the government saw a need for reform which alludes to the fact that their was a problem, the railroads had a monopoly on shipping which raised costs, the value of crops was deflated, and big business was unfriendly to farmers.