William Jennings Bryan won his first election in 1894 running as both a Democratic and a Populist. The parties would fuse and become the People's Democratic Party.
The main issue of the Populist Party free silver is enacted. This leads to inflation in what is still a depression. However, the buying power of people in the western and southern parts of the country greatly increases.
Repeal of McKinley Tariff
In 1895 in order to help soften the inflation of prices Bryan repeals the McKinley tariff, and lowers tariffs from where they were even before that.
Income Tax Act
Bryan passes an income tax act in 1896. This is ruled unconstitutional. Congress ratifies an amendment to allow it and sends it to the states.
Labor Act of 1896
The Labor Act changes many labor laws introducing an 8-hour workday, child labor laws, minimum wage, and many other things. Although it is not entirely upheld. Parts are struck down as unconstitutional.
Anti-Trust Act of 1896
Anti-trust bill passed to break up monopolies.
Strongly supported by Bryan a prohibition amendment bans alcohol in the United States in 1897.
In 1897 the national banks are abolished mostly due to a suspicion that they are manipulating the economy.
Vice President Dies
Arthur Sewall, Bryan's vice president dies. Bryan picks his other vice president, Tom Watson as his vice president.
The income tax amendment passes in 1899.
An amendment changing the way the Senate is elected, directly by popular vote in the state rather than by the State's Congress is passed in 1901.
In 1901 Bryan is assassinated by the anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. Tom Watson becomes president.