"Not so long ago, Americans witnessed the beginning of a mass democratic uprising. Thousands of average people, disgusted by greedy elites and corporate control of government, launched a movement that spread to almost every state in the nation. "They did it to reject debt. "They did it to fight foreclosures. "They did it to topple a world where the 1 percent determined life for the other 99... "The year? 1877. The people? Dirt-poor farmers who would come to be known as Populists." Populism Isn't Dead, It's Marching: What 19th Century Farmers Can Teach Occupiers About How to Keep Going | Truthout Wall Street controlled the US government in 1877 as it does today. The solution hasn't changed either.