Gilded age part 1

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Gilded age part 1

  1. 1. Gilded Age Politics <br />C.1876—1900<br />
  2. 2. Gilded Age Politics<br />The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Warner (1873)<br />Political equilibrium<br />Civil service reform, currency, and the tariff <br />
  3. 3. Gilded Age Politics<br />Strict Constructionists<br />Commander in Chief<br />Enforcer of laws passed by Congress<br />Head of political party<br />
  4. 4. Gilded Age Politics<br />High Voter Participation— Why?<br />(1) People believed that the issues were important<br />(2) People believed that their votes counted<br />(3) Politics = Entertainment<br />
  5. 5. Gilded Age Politics<br />Involved electorate, but what determined how it voted?<br />Republicans: Protestants of English and German descent, Southern Blacks, and Union Civil War Veterans. Ohio River Valley, the West, and New England<br />
  6. 6. Gilded Age Politics<br />Democrats: Southern Whites, Roman Catholics, Jewish people, immigrants under the influence of party bosses.<br />Campaigns—Republicans:<br />The Bloody Shirt<br />Veterans’ Pensions<br />
  7. 7. Gilded Age Politics<br />Nativism<br />Campaigns—Democrats:<br />Republicans will take your booze away<br />Played to Race in the South<br />Maintained that Republicans were corrupt<br />

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