History 152 - Lecture 4

History 152 - Lecture 4 - Lecture # 4 What is the role of...

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Lecture # 4 What is the role of government in everyday life? What has the government done for you lately? I. Gilded Age Politics: A. 77% voter turn out, compared to 51% in 2,000 B. Centennial election of 1876: tumultuous: Election in November but not decided until March 2 at 4:00 AM who would be inaugurated on March 4 th . C. Democrats ran Samuel Tilden who targeted republican corruption during reconstruction D. Repubs ran Rutherford B. Hayes, governor of Ohio ran on the Democrats being the party of rebellion E. Tilden: 4,300,000, Hayes: 4, 036,000 F. Tilden fell one vote short in electoral college G. Three states were contested in electoral college H. Tilden needed only 1 of 19 contested votes to win, Hayes needed all of them I. Congress had to step in, and set up a commission to arbitrate. J. Compromise of 1877. Hayes president and the North pulls out of the south, ending reconstruction K. Many in south believed Hayes had stolen the election Rutherford B Hayes 1877-1881 L. Democratic press ridiculed Hayes as “Rutherfraud” and his “Fraudulency” for the election M. Katie Curic and Michael Moore II. Why politics was so popular? A. Government of corruption 1. Ulysses S. Grant – the spoils system – awarding jobs for political reasons – remained the driving force of politics during the guilded age 2. Parties in power doled out federal, state and local govt, jobs to loyal supporters. Created political loyalty which often meant whether getting paid or going hungry. B. Government very weak 1. Why so Weak? Few people thought government had any role in addressing the problems accompanying the I.R. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course HIST 152 taught by Professor Kwasny during the Winter '07 term at Ohio State.

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History 152 - Lecture 4 - Lecture # 4 What is the role of...

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