Lecture 2 . Political Arena (Post - civil to Depression)

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Lecture 2: Political Arena (Post-civil to Depression) Capitalists and workers responded to challenges in post Civil War America in  different ways.   Their responses were affected by-- and shaped--work and class   relationships as cities    and urban working classes grew.  At the root of these   responses were intense struggles   for power and control.  Depression, employer   initiatives, and the maturing industrial society   caused great social dislocations and   sparked extraordinary class conflict from the 1870's   through the 1890's. 1. Presidential 1868-1928 The first 12 presidents were mostly conservative, pro-business, and democratic. For  example, Theodore Roosevelt (fyi, teddy was not one of the first 12, Lincoln was 16 so  teddy was around 23-25? Something like that. Also, I believe he was progressive, im not  sure about “conservative”…idk). With each republican candidate, they would win with a  majority of working class votes. Society was not organized by economic class alone.  Republicans favor high tariff of imported goods because they believe that it will protect  American business and protect corporation, thus protecting jobs (which is now the  democrats’ stance). On the contrary, Democrats favored low tariff on imported goods so  that consumer products are cheaper. The South is democratic, protecting raw cotton.  The south is afraid of retaliation and Great Britain is a consumer of southern cotton. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2009 for the course ILRCB 1100 taught by Professor Danielc during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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