Student # 23

1) Look at the student’s work.

Ocala Demands

The Ocala Demands were a number of different things wanted by multiple alliances of farmers who were fighting for rights after the end of the Civil War. It was a political and economis platform held by the People's (Populist) Party. The farmers wanted sub-treasuries in every state, no national banking, free silver, no alien land ownership, no taxes on the things need to live, a graduated income tax, and many other things that would save the farmers money and make life easier for them. Life after theCivil War for farmers was not easy, especially in the South. With a depleted work force, due to the freeing of the slaves. The Ocala demands were a cry for help from farmers who were being exploited by the federal government and America's new capitalist system. They were being overcharged by railways because they had no other way of shipping and receiving goods. They were also being underpaid for their goods because of the overproduction of goods because of the mechanical advances and increase in the number of farmers in America. The Ocala Demands and the Populist Party gained country wide recognition in 1892, which helped somewhat ease the lives of the farmers fighting for their rights and livelihoods with the Ocala Demands.



2) Mark an X in the 1st column if you can answer any of these questions about this student’s work.



Did the student read and write the facts accurately? Can you prove it?



Did the student write in his own words? Or did the student do what The Bedford Handbook calls “unacceptable borrowing” or plagiarism? Can you prove it?



Did the student use facts not in the common source—or rely on memory or perhaps make up something? Can you prove it?



Did the student seem to understand the facts? Can you prove it?


3) Now click on the link to the right of this one. Using that link, compare the student’s work with the source that the student used. If your answer to a question above is different, mark an X in the 2nd column.








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