Politics & Presidents of the Gilded Age“Poor in Purpose and Barren in Results”
Gilded Age Parties & PoliticiansEra of mostly show and “forgettable” presidentsEra 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 partiesParties sold favors in exchange for votes. Major Issues of the DayPatronage & Civil ServiceMonetary PolicyBusiness ConsolidationCivil War PensionsTariffs
Differences Amongst PartiesRepublicansPersonal moralityGov’t should work to regulate economic & moral aspects of society.Midwest; Rural, small towns in NE; Freedmen of SouthGrand Army of the RepublicProtestants DemocratsImmigrants & CatholicsTolerant of differencesGov’t cannot set a moral standard that is good for all.