Colored Farmers’ Alliance

The Colored Farmers’ Alliance was formed by a group of southern black farmers in 1886 because the Southern Farmers’ Alliance barred black membership. Like other Farmers’ Alliances, the Colored Farmers’ Alliance worked cooperatively to solve the common problems of its members using collective actions and political power. And like other black organizations, the Colored Farmers’ Alliance aimed to uplift African Americans, encouraging its members to become economically independent by purchasing homes and eliminating debts. The organization was short-lived, however, dissolving after a strike of cotton-pickers planned by the alliance failed.

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