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Politics in Gilded age

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1.1 Politics in the Gilded Age a. Politics, Parties, Patronage, and Presidents i. Americans in the nineteenth century mistrusted hierarchical power and believed that everyone could benefit from an economy free of government interference ii. After the gigantic splits after the civil war, the two political parties each drifted back to center and avoided controversy iii. Americans in the nineteenth century mistrusted hierarchical power and believed that everyone could benefit from an economy free of government interference iv. After the gigantic splits after the civil war the two political parties each drifted back toward the center v. None of the gilded age presidents served two terms b. National Issues i. Tariffs to protect businesses ii. Money: hard currency versus paper iii. Reform of the civil service iv. Government regulation of railroads 2. Middle Class Reform a. Wealth and Social Darwinism i. For most gilded age Americans, Christianity as well as science supported
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