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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Farmers made up a large part of the American economy during the Gilded Age, and they experienced more financial hardship than nearly any other economic group. Farmers faced tightening credit, and...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Government and business were closely tied together during the late 1800's. The Republican administrations of the Gilded Age passed high tariffs that protected American business interests by raising...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 8:25 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Essentially, political machines were useful only to those who supported these organizations. Political machines in the 19th and 20th centuries had very distinctive purposes; they were vehicles for...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2017 2:07 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

In addition to those items mentioned above, other major political issues of the Gilded Age were: Civil Service Reform: After the assassination of President James A. Garfield by a disappointed...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Progressives in America attempted to solve a number of societal problems that the saw. Different Progressives went about addressing the problems they...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 12:12 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The Gilded Age, which ran roughly from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the turn of the century, was a time of great industrial growth in the United States and a period in which a few people...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 1:06 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

George Plunkett believed there was a big difference between honest graft and dishonest graft. With honest graft, politicians used their positions and the knowledge they gained from holding their...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

One famous political machine not yet mentioned is the Boston machine headed by James Michael Curley. He started as a US Senator, then was elected mayor of Boston. His first mayoral term was the...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013 6:27 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

It is difficult to say what the role of the government "should" have been, as the answer depends on your political ideology. Some would say the small government, next-to-no-regulations world of the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 10:47 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

This answer will focus on the spoils system as it relates to presidential politics. Many historians "credit" Andrew Jackson, who served two terms as president (1829-37), as the initiator of the...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2017 1:45 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The main way in which political machines built support for their candidates was by giving out favors of various sorts. They generally did not do as much of trying to convince people that their...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013 2:58 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

What was bad about boss rule as practiced by machines like the Tammany Hall machine is that they were corrupt and sometimes violent. The political machines made a practice of requiring bribes from...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2011 10:14 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Overall, deregulation was a problem. Corporations could form giant trusts and thus create monopolies. This led to a lack of competition in some sectors, such as oil and steel, and allowed corporate...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 5:25 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

One of the greatest examples of greed during the "Gilded Age" was the enormous amounts of money the railroad companies managed to accumulate. The owners of the railroads lived in opulence,...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 10:12 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Tammany Hall is the name that is used to refer to the urban political machine that dominated New York City politics at various times in the city’s history. William M. (“Boss”) Tweed was the main...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2015 6:36 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Well, not all Americans had leisure time during the gilded age. You have to remember that the bulk of Americans still were of the working class... still slaving away in factories or on farms....

Latest answer posted June 24, 2012 1:56 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The so-called "Farmer's Revolt" is also usually called the Populist movement. It had its roots in the conditions that faced farmers in the South and the Midwest during the late nineteenth century....

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 4:06 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Actually, the term "Gilded Age" was meant as a satirical comment on an age in which politics and business were largely unprincipled and self serving. The very term "gilded" implied "gold plated,"...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2012 4:20 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The later part of the nineteenth century was a time of demographic transformation, as the United States became more densely and heavily urbanized (and cities grew dramatically in size). This placed...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 9:37 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

There was corruption associated with political machines and with political bosses. The political bosses found ways to justify this graft or corruption. The political machine formed because the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 12:04 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

One of the first question which might be worth answering, as far as your question is concerned, is this: what exactly is a political machine? A political machine was a political organization...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 9:24 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

While the two-party system had been in place since about 1860, the Democratic Party became associated with the South after the Civil War, an association that continued for about 100 more years....

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 12:16 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The person who ran a political machine was called a party boss. Tammany Hall was a very famous political machine in New York City. This political machine was led by William M. “Boss” Tweed....

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 1:52 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The so-called Gilded Age of US history was the period of 1890-1900, a time when the population greatly increased and the wealthy prospered even more and displayed their properity through...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2008 12:02 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

I would characterize the Gilded Age in terms of all three. Booming economy, political corruption, and sweeping political reforms were all part of the story. While there was a strong economy, the...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 2:36 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

While reformers wanted to go after the party bosses and political machine leaders like George Plunkett and William M. “Boss” Tweed, these people were very popular with the voters. There are reasons...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 9:07 pm UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Under "Boss Tweed," Tammany Hall was the political machine in New York City in the last half of the nineteenth century. Originally, it began as a means of helping new immigrants to adapt to life...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2010 2:38 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

I assume that you are talking about an excerpt from Plunkitt's book that is similar to the one presented in the historymatters link below. If so, you are quite right -- Plunkitt is saying that...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 4:54 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

Tammany Hall was the commonly used name for the political machine that ran New York City for a very long time. Its power was at its peak in the mid-to-late 1800s and early 1900s. Political...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 4:49 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

The term "Tammany Hall" is typically used to refer to the political machine that ran New York City for much of the time between 1850 and 1950. It existed for longer than that, but that was the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010 1:06 am UTC

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Politics and Corruption in the Gilded Age

In my mind, one of the most evident problems of the Gilded Age was the collusion between business and politics. The increase in capitalism and the amazing amount of wealth that was generated was...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

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