United States History Question of the Day
Answer and Explanation


   Populist Party
 
James Weaver won electoral votes in six states
in the 1892 presidential election
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Question 0110223:

Which of the following planks of the 1992 Populist Party platform eventually resulted in constitutional amendments?

I. public ownership of all railroads
II. public ownership of telephone and telegraph companies
III. graduated federal income tax
IV. election of senators by popular vote

A) I, II, and III only
B) II and III only
C) III and IV only
D) II, III, and IV only
E) all of the goals resulted in constitutional amendments


Answer: 

C) III and IV only

Explanation: While the Populists were considered extremists by many in the 1890s, several of their reform proposals became law and two (a federal income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators) were added to the Constitution in 1913 as the 16th and 17th Amendments.
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