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        Thomas Watson, A Georgia Biography | Georgia Stories

        An early champion of poor farmers in the shambles after the Civil War, Thomas Watson was the voice of the Populist Party. The Populist Party (or "People's Party") arose from the belief that the two major parties were controlled by bankers, landowners and elites hostile to the needs of the small farmer. Watson often talked about the need for poor whites and blacks to set aside their racial differences in the name of shared economic self-interest.

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