By Ann Brown
Many people are learning more and becoming interested in Black Populism, even though it was a movement of nearly 120 years ago. It was a movement born in the South following the breakdown of Reconstruction. And it became the largest independent Black political movement until the rise of the modern civil rights movement.
Here are 10 facts you should know about Black Populism.
The Start Of A Movement
Black Populism began when African-American farmers, sharecroppers, and agrarian workers across the South created a movement of their own, according to “In The Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900” by Omar H. Ali.
2. Power In Numbers
“Following the Civil War 1861-1865, the majority of the Black population (90%) were engaged in agricultural labor,” reported American Historama. Yet they were not reaping any rewards for their hard labor. Blacks in agriculture began to organize. ”Between 1886 and 1898 Black farmers, sharecroppers, and agrarian laborers organized their communities to combat the rising tide of Jim Crow laws. As Black Populism asserted itself and grew into a regional force,” according to Click here to read entire article