Role Of Politics In The Gilded Age

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Chapter 16 “Politics, Immigration, and Urban Life” Section 1 “Politics in the Gilded Age” I. The business of politics A. Laissez-faire policies 1. Government should play a limited role in business. 2. Tariffs 3. Subsidy II. The spoils system A. Republicans appealed to industrialists, bankers, and farmers; strongest in the North and upper Midwest 1. tight money supply backed by gold 2. high tariffs 3. generous pensions for Union soldiers 4. strict limits on immigration 5. enforcement of “blue laws” B. Democrats attracted those less privileged; included northern immigrants, laborers, southern planters, and western farmers 1.
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