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Politics & Presidents of the Gilded Age “Poor in Purpose and Barren in Results”
Gilded Age Parties & Politicians Era of mostly show and “forgettable” presidents Era of politicians who largely ignored problems arising from the growth of industry and adopted business principle over political ideology. Neither party had an overreaching ideology, or set of principles
Party Leaders “Wheeled and dealed” to maintain power and wealth for themselves and their parties Parties sold favors in exchange for votes. Major Issues of the Day Patronage & Civil Service Monetary Policy Business Consolidation Civil War Pensions Tariffs
Differences Amongst Parties Republicans Personal morality Gov’t should work to regulate economic & moral aspects of society. Midwest; Rural, small towns in NE; Freedmen of South Grand Army of the Republic Protestants Democrats Immigrants & Catholics Tolerant of differences Gov’t cannot set a moral standard that is good for all.

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