A Dictionary of American History

Contents:
Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Greenback Party

Greenback Party This party was formed after the panic of 1873, when members of the Indiana Grange demanded political action to keep greenbacks from being withdrawn from circulation in November 1874. In 1876 the party nominated Peter Cooper (N.Y.) for president, and Samuel Carey (Ohio) for vice-president, but attracted only 83,000 votes. Reorganized as the Greenback-Labor party, it polled 1,000,000 votes and elected 14 congressmen in 1878. This success influenced Congress to pass the Bland–Allison Act. It ran James Weaver for president, with B. J. Chambers (Tex.), in 1880 and received 3.4 percent of the popular vote. Although it joined with the Anti-Monopoly party in 1884, its presidential nominee, Benjamin Butler, with A. M. West (Miss.) won just 1.8 percent of ballots. Its supporters drifted to the Populist party (see populism).

Contents:

Related Resources

None available for this document.

Download Options


Title: A Dictionary of American History

Select an option:

*Note: A download may not start for up to 60 seconds.

Email Options


Title: A Dictionary of American History

Select an option:

Email addres:

*Note: It may take up to 60 seconds for for the email to be generated.

Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Greenback Party," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 26, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2I5QMNI9G6J8HQ.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Greenback Party." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 26 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2I5QMNI9G6J8HQ.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Greenback Party' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 26 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2I5QMNI9G6J8HQ.