Unit 1 powerpoint #8 (the gilded age politics and reform)

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Unit 1 powerpoint #8 (the gilded age politics and reform)

  1. 1. Politics and Reform
  2. 2. Two sides are even and there is not a way for one side to beat the other
  3. 3.  Party of morality Reformers Abolition Temperance
  4. 4.  Party of Personal Liberty Dominated the South
  5. 5.  1876 and 1888 Presidents Hayes and Harrison win the Electoral College but lose the popular vote Has this happened recently?
  6. 6.  The act of giving government jobs to supporters of the winning party in an election Also called the "Spoils System”
  7. 7. Republican reformers who wanted an end to the patronage system
  8. 8.  Republicans who supported patronage Government jobs went to family and friends
  9. 9. President James Garfield is assassinated in 1881 in a train station by a supporter who did not receive a job after the election “I am a Stalwart and Arthur is President now!!”
  10. 10. Was passed in reactionto GarfieldsassassinationJobs must be filledaccording to the rulesmade by a bipartisancommittee (Civil ServiceCommission)Candidates must takean examination (CivilService Exam) to qualify
  11. 11. Gilded_Politics
  12. 12.  Nationally, some politicians pushed for reform in the hiring system, which had been based on Patronage (giving jobs and favors to those who helped a candidate get elected). ReformersApplicants for pushed for adoption of a merit systemfederal jobs (hiring the most qualified for jobs).are required totake a Civil The Pendleton Civil Service Act of 1883Service Exam authorized a bipartisan commission to make appointments for federal jobs based on performance.
  13. 13. Rise of MonopoliesA monopoly is having exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices.
  14. 14. Robber Barons The 19th century term for a businessman orbanker who dominated a respective industry and amassed huge personal fortunes, typically by anti-competitive or unfair business practices. Examples: Andrew Carnegie (steel) U.S. Steel Milton S. Hershey (Chocolate) J. P. Morgan (banking, finance, industrial consolidation) John D. Rockefeller (oil) Standard Oil Leland Stanford (railroads) Cornelius Vanderbilt (railroads)
  15. 15.  Railroads gave rebates to large corporations because of their volume seemingly gouging smaller volume customers Tariffs increased prices on manufactured goods and made it difficult for farmers to export
  16. 16. The federal government has the power to regulate rates for traffic between states
  17. 17.  In response to Wabash v. Illinois, Congress passed a law that rates must be reasonable and just (fair) It also made it illegal to charge higher rates for shorter hauls (prohibited discriminating against small markets) It was ineffective because there was no enforcement of the law
  18. 18. The_Interstate_Commerce_Act
  19. 19. Made it illegal to combine a company into atrust or conspire to restrain trade or commerce The law was ineffective because it was vague and the courts did not enforce it
  20. 20. The_Sherman_Antitrust_Act
  21. 21.  Although the ICC and Sherman Antitrust Act were ineffective they did set a precedent for government regulation Garfields assassination leads to reforms that are still in practice today

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