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The Gilded Age. Mark Twain elegantly stated…. “Get rich; dishonestly if we can, honestly if we must.”. Corruption in Politics vocabulary. Political machines – powerful organizations that influenced city and county politics in the late 1800’s. Exchanged money and jobs for working-class votes

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The gilded age

The Gilded Age


Mark twain elegantly stated

Mark Twain elegantly stated…

“Get rich; dishonestly if we can, honestly if we must.”


Corruption in politics vocabulary

Corruption in Politics vocabulary

  • Political machines – powerful organizations that influenced city and county politics in the late 1800’s.

    • Exchanged money and jobs for working-class votes

  • Bosses – powerful leaders who ran the political machines


James bryce stated

James Bryce stated…

“[He] rewards the loyal, punishes the mutinous [disloyal]… [and] negotiates treaties. He generally avoids publicity… and is all the more dangerous because he sits, like a spider, hidden in the midst of his web.”


Tammany hall and other corruption

Tammany Hall and other corruption…

  • William Marcy Tweed – Boss of Tammany Hall who was arrested [and later convicted] of stealingup to $200 million from the Boston City Treasury.

  • Ulysses Grant and the Whiskey Ring

  • Congress, the Union Pacific Railroad, and the Credit Mobilier of America


Political cartoons

Political Cartoons


Gilded age presidents

Gilded Age Presidents

  • Rutherford B. Hayes

  • James A. Garfield (assassinated)

  • Chester A. Arthur

  • Grover Cleveland (elected in 1884 and 1892)

  • Benjamin Harrison

  • William McKinley (assassinated)


Rutherford b hayes r

Rutherford B. Hayes (R)


James garfield r

James Garfield (R)


Chester arthur r

Chester Arthur (R)


Grover cleveland d

Grover Cleveland (D)


Benjamin harrison r

Benjamin Harrison (R)


Election of 1892

Election of 1892

  • Harrison loses the popular vote in 1888 to Grover Cleveland, but still becomes president… how???

  • Harrison controls inflation and helps to pass the Sherman Antitrust Act

  • In 1892, Cleveland runs again, beating now incumbent president Benjamin Harrison


William mckinley r

William McKinley (R)


Civil service reform

Civil Service Reform

  • Reaction to the corruption of the corruption of the Gilded Age

  • Pendleton Civil Service Act – law that creates a merit system for government employees

  • Today affects more than 90% of government jobs

  • http://www.scsc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/civil_service_home/9164


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