June 25 Notes - History 2112 Professor Hild June 25, 2009...

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History 2112 Professor Hild June 25, 2009 Chapter 21 and 22 Gilded Age 1870s – 1890s (after reconstruction) Name from Mark Twain (satire, materialistic, rise of Labor Unions) “large-scale consumers” but no credit available Sears had lay-away plans, consumer culture uprising Definition of gilded – covered with “gold” – neurogold Immigration increasing, economic prosperity but underneath numerous social problems Panic of 1873, racial issues, ethical issues Political Characteristics 1. Voter turn out a. 80% of those eligible to vote did vote b. 4 states allowed women to vote 2. Close balance of power between two parties a. Other third parties b. 4 times President was in 2 nd place in popular vote but got presidency c. Congress head to head with president 3. Weakness of president a. Weak by today’s standards bc congress ruled by democrats and republican president for 24 years (except Cleveland) 4. Corrupt elections a. Secret ballots came about as a result of rigged votes, fraud, bribery Political Issues 1. Sectionalism a. Conflict between north and south a.i. i.e. veterans pensions, who should get them? Just union or all? b.
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course HIST 2112 taught by Professor Flemming during the Summer '08 term at Georgia Tech.

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June 25 Notes - History 2112 Professor Hild June 25, 2009...

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