We are the first national organization of the farmers, which led to the creation of the Populist party. ...
Apparently there is another group of farmers that are people of color. We all have competition but who's group has more importance?
*Another farmer Evans walks along
Who do you think you are coming in our land?
I am farmer Joe, I come from the deep South. I have recently joined an alliance meant for my people because i've been excluded.
He begins to go more in depth: The Farmers' Alliance sponsored social gatherings, were active in politics, organized cooperatives, and fought against the dominance of the railroads and manufacturers. The Farmers' Alliances called for a graduated income tax, state ownership of the railroads, lower tariffs, and "free silver."
We faced economic problems resulting from falling commodity prices, rising farm costs, and high interest rates. Since the Southern Farmers' Alliance barred blacks from membership, we black farmers organized the Colored Farmers' National Alliance.
*Discussing the pros and cons of their groups.
As long as we are peaceful with one another, I don't see a problem!
*Farmer Joe walks up (he's with the colored alliance)
explains his cause... He also wanted you to know: The alliance raised funds to provide for longer public school terms, and in some places it founded academies. Being a fraternal organization, the Colored Alliance solicited funds to help sick and disabled members. Its spokesmen advised black farmers that they could best alleviate racial prejudice by owning their own homes and avoiding debt.