In this lesson, our instructor Elizabeth Turro gives an introduction on the politics of the gilded age. She talks about the campaign strategy of do-little government, presidential politics, the great presidential puzzle, another president who had a rise in the world and the politics of the status quo. She also explains cultural politics and the people, republican factions, how Blaine covered in scandals, mugwumps, Grover Cleveland, the money question, Coxey's army, women and politics. The other key points are mentioned are women and temperance, prohibition supporters, election of 1896, Bryan's cross of gold speech and the election of 1892 and 1896.
Era of “forgettable presidents” during the Gilded Age that was plagued by corruption, laissez-faire economics, and Social Darwinism
Campaigning grew immensely and voter turnout was high despite it being a low point in U.S. political history
Huge political issues during Gilded Age: patronage, the tariff, civil service reform
Dems favored states’ rights & Reps historically supported gov. intervention until after Reconstruction; otherwise, these 2 parties didn’t have major agendas & they didn’t differ that much from each other
There was also a huge debate over how fast the money supply should grow (those who wanted increase $ in circulation vs. “sound-money” people who wanted the opposite)
Women became increasingly involved in politics: suffragists reunited in 1890 in the National American Woman Suffrage Association & women became involved in ending prostitution, assisting the poor, agitating for prison reform, & improving ed. for females
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed in 1874 & later under Frances Willard, the WCTU adopted a “Do Everything” policy
The 1896 Election set the stage as an arena for national debate & for the reform politics of the Progressive Era
Politics of the Gilded Age
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.