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Gilded Age Politics C . 1876—1900. Gilded Age Politics. The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Warner (1873) Political equilibrium Civil service reform, currency, and the tariff . Gilded Age Politics. Strict Constructionists Commander in Chief Enforcer of laws passed by Congress

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gilded age politics
Gilded Age Politics
  • The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles Warner (1873)
  • Political equilibrium
  • Civil service reform, currency, and the tariff
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Strict Constructionists
  • Commander in Chief
  • Enforcer of laws passed by Congress
  • Head of political party
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Gilded Age Politics
  • High Voter Participation— Why?
  • (1) People believed that the issues were important
  • (2) People believed that their votes counted
  • (3) Politics = Entertainment
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Involved electorate, but what determined how it voted?
  • Republicans: Protestants of English and German descent, Southern Blacks, and Union Civil War Veterans. Ohio River Valley, the West, and New England
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Democrats: Southern Whites, Roman Catholics, Jewish people, immigrants under the influence of party bosses.
  • Campaigns—Republicans:
  • The Bloody Shirt
  • Veterans’ Pensions
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Nativism
  • Campaigns—Democrats:
  • Republicans will take your booze away
  • Played to Race in the South
  • Maintained that Republicans were corrupt
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Why the push for Civil Service Reform?
  • President Ulysses S. Grant (R) (1822-1885) (1869-1877)
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Patronage
  • Roscoe Conkling—
  • Stalwart
  • James Blaine—
  • Half-Breed
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Gilded Age Politics

President Rutherford B. Hayes (R) (1822-1893) (1877-1881)

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Gilded Age Politics

President James A. Garfield (R) (1831-1881) (1881)

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Gilded Age Politics

A disgruntled patronage seeker, Charles J. Guiteau (1840?-1882), assassinated Garfield

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Gilded Age Politics

President Chester A. Arthur (R) (1830-1886) (1881-1885)

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Gilded Age Politics
  • Pendleton Civil Service Act (1883) “Merit-based system”
  • Put approximately 14% of Federal Jobs under classified services; jobs were obtained through competitive examinations.
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Gilded Age Politics
  • The Tariff
  • By 1888, over 4,000 items imported into the US had duties of roughly 45%.
  • Protectionism
  • Created tensions between industry and agriculture
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Gilded Age Politics
  • Arthur appointed a special Tariff Commission (1882)
  • Recommended lowering the tariff 20-25%
  • “Riders”
  • Mongrel Tariff (1883)
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Gilded Age Politics
  • The Underwood Tariff (1913)
  • Income Taxes (XVI Amendment 1913)
  • Currency
  • debtors vs. creditors
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Legal Tender—US can require creditors to accept paper money as payment for debt. The

  • Fed printed $450,000,000

Greenbacks

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Gilded Age Politics
  • Hepburn v. Griswold (1870)
  • Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873)
  • Specie Resumption Act (1874)
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Coinage Act (1873)

  • Sherman Silver Purchase Act (1890)—required Federal Government to buy 4.5 million ounces of silver each month with Federal Bank Notes
the agrarian revolt
The Agrarian Revolt
  • (1) High railroad rates in farming regions
  • (2) Overcharged and ripped off by middlemen
  • (3) Hurt by high tariff
  • (4) Victimized by eastern bankers
  • (5) Not enough money
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The Agrarian Revolt
  • The Grange
  • The Farmers’ Alliance
  • Cooperatives
  • Crop Sub-Treasuries
  • The Populists
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The Agrarian Revolt

Mary E. Lease (1850-1933)

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The Agrarian Revolt
  • Populist Platform endorsed at the Party Convention, Omaha, Nebraska 4 July 1892:
  • (1) Crop sub-treasury
  • (2) Free and unlimited coinage of silver at 16 to 1
  • (3) Graduated income tax
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The Agrarian Revolt
  • (4) Nationalization of railroads, telegraphs, and telephones
  • (5) Eight-hour workday
  • (6) Immigration restrictions
  • (7) Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
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The Agrarian Revolt
  • (8) Australian Ballot
  • (9) Direct election of United States Senators
  • (10) At least $50.00 in circulation per capita
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The Agrarian Revolt
  • Presidential Election of 1892
  • James B. Weaver (1833-1912) (P)
  • Carried Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, and Nevada
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The Agrarian Revolt
  • Presidential Election of 1896
  • William Jennings Bryan (D) (1860-1924)
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The Agrarian Revolt

William McKinley (R) (1843-1901) (1897-1901)

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The Agrarian Revolt
  • Exuded Protestant evangelism
  • Republicans would not join the Populist/Democrat fusion
  • Many believed he was communistic or anarchistic; American labor did not join the American farmer
legacies of the 1896 election
Legacies of the 1896 Election
  • A new campaigning style
  • Ascendancy of the industrial over the agricultural
  • Beginning of the end of American mass political participation
  • Decline of Party and the rise of Special Interest Groups
the progressive era
The Progressive Era
  • The desire to use government as an agency of human welfare
  • Antecedents of Progressivism:
  • (1) Movement owed a great deal to Populism
  • (2) Social Critics and Writers—
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The Progressive Era
  • Individuals described by Theodore Rooseveltas the “lunatic fringe of muckrakers”
  • a. Henry Demarest Lloyd used articles to attack monopoly including, “Story of a Great Monopoly” in Atlantic Monthly (1881)
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The Progressive Era

b. Ida M. Tarbell also targeted John D. Rockefeller with her History of the Standard Oil Co.

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The Progressive Era

c. Lincoln Steffens wrote about municipal corruption in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis for McClure’s, Everybody’s, and Cosmopolitan

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The Progressive Era
  • Four features of Progressivism:
  • Democratic
  • Direct primaries
  • Initiative, referendum, and recall
  • Income Taxes (XVI Amendment 1913)
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The Progressive Era
  • Direct election of US Senators (XVII Amendment 1913)
  • Government efficiency
  • City Manager
  • Staunton, Virginia (1908)
  • National Association of City Managers
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The Progressive Era
  • Governor Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette (R) (1855-1925)
  • Legislative Reference Bureau
  • “Wisconsin idea”
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The Progressive Era
  • Regulation
  • Increased tendency to direct some business activities through federal regulations
  • Social Justice
  • Settlement House movement
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The Progressive Era

Jane Addams (1860-1935)

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The Progressive Era

Ellen G. Starr (1860-1940)

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The Progressive Era

Hull House Chicago, Illinois (1889)

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The Progressive Era
  • The National Child Labor Committee (1904)
  • By 1914, 35 state legislatures had passed laws prohibiting children under age fourteen from working
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The Progressive Era
  • Florence Kelly (1859-1932)
  • National Consumers’ League
  • Sociologist Louis D. Brandeis
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The Progressive Era

Liquor Prohibition—”manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors . . . prohibited.” (XVIII Amendment 1919)

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The Progressive Era
  • Presidential Election of 1900
  • William Jennings Bryan (D) (1860-1924)
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The Progressive Era

Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) assassinated William McKinley (1901)

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McKinley

James B. Parker

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The Progressive Era

President Theodore Roosevelt (R) (1858-1919) (1901-1909)

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The Progressive Era
  • Roosevelt wished to avoid socialism and a return to laissez faire
  • Used the “carrot and the stick” approach
  • Anthracite Coal Strike (May-October 1902)
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The Progressive Era
  • John Mitchell (1870-1913)
  • United Mine Workers’ Union
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The Progressive Era
  • 20% wage increase
  • Eight-hour workday
  • Union recognition
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The Progressive Era
  • George F. Baer (1842-1914) led the mine operators
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The Progressive Era

General John Schofield (1831-1906)

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The Progressive Era
  • Binding arbitration
  • Everybody got something:
  • 10% pay increase
  • Nine-hour workday
  • Operators not required to recognize the United Mine Workers’ Union
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The Progressive Era
  • Roosevelt the “Trust Buster”
  • Northern Securities Company
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The Progressive Era

US Attorney General Philander C. Knox (1853-1921)

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The Progressive Era
  • Northern Securities Company v. United States (1904)
  • US Supreme Court ruled that the NSC was an “unreasonable restraint of trade” and ordered it dissolved
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The Progressive Era

Bureau of Corporations within the newly created Department of Commerce and Labor (1903) to collect statistics and investigate the activities of corporations.

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The Progressive Era
  • Presidential Election of 1904
  • Alton B. Parker (D) (1852-1926)
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The Progressive Era

President Roosevelt speaking in Hannibal, Missouri

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The Progressive Era

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906)

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LTC Roosevelt and the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (Rough Riders), San Juan Hill, Cuba 1898

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The Progressive Era

In the Spanish-American War (1898), 5,462 Americans died, but only 379 in combat

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The Progressive Era
  • Meat Inspection Act (1906)
  • Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)
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The Progressive Era

In 1905, by the authority of the Forest Reserve Act (1891), TR placed 172 million acres under Federal protection

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Hepburn Railroad Regulation Act (1906)

As Roosevelt’s Administration progressed, he favored:

Income tax

Inheritance tax

Greater regulation of Business

Industrial Safety Regulations

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The Progressive Era
  • Presidential Election of 1908
  • William Jennings Bryan (D) (1860-1924)
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The Progressive Era

William Howard Taft (R) (1857-1930) (1909-1913)

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The Progressive Era

Taft never wished to run for president, but he could not say “NO” to Teddy Roosevelt

Major Archibald Butt, Aid to TR and Taft

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The Progressive Era

Roosevelt assumed that Taft would continue his activist progressive policies, but he was badly disappointed

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The Progressive Era
  • Presidential Election of 1912
  • Theodore Roosevelt formed the Progressive or “Bull Moose” Party
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The Progressive Era

Woodrow Wilson (D) (1856-1924) (1913-1921)