Significant as a political, economic, and social organization, the
southern Farmers' Alliance was the largest and most influential
farmers' organization in the history of the United States until the
rise of the American Farm Bureau Federation. McMath suggests that
the ideas advanced by the People's party in the 1890s had been
incubated within the alliance and that the shared experience of 1.5
million rural Americans helped give those ideas power in the
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