politics in gilded age

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  • Gilded age politics
    • 19th political view was to administer gov but not be a leader
      • limited role of president, never see powerful in office except Lincoln
        • congress, very little harsh debate
      • power distributed evenly, between 1872/1896 no president wins majority of popular vote
        • coalition politics
    • major poltiical issues are relatively technical issues about finance/tarrifs/ taxes on foriegn goods into US or currency = not trasnformative, don't regard how nation should be run
    • republicans= anglo-protestant carried AA support, strong tradition as part of morality issues such as religion and drinking of alcohol
    • democrats= wider coalition, southern whites, reactinoary/ racist, nothern immigrants, jews and cahtolics also joining party
    • presidents= US Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Cleveland again
    • US Grant= corrupt and failing
    • Rutherford Hayes= epitomises moral republican stand and repair damaage done by corruption of grant
    • Cleveland= wants to lower tarrifs and make overseas industrial goods cheaper. 22nd/24th president.


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