The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master . The politicians said we suffered from overproduction.

“The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master … The politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children, so statistics tell us, starve to death every year in the United States … We will stand by our homes and stay by our fireside by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts to the loan-shark companies until the government pays its debts to us.”—Mary Elizabeth Lease, Farmer’s Alliance member, circa 1890

Based on this quote, which action is Lease most likely to take? (5 points)

a. Start a large agricultural corporation

b.Join the People’s Party

c.Support a political machine

d.Build a settlement house

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