From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail: The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age

From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age In the wake of civil war American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents as Republicans did

  • Title: From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail: The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age
  • Author: Charles W. Calhoun
  • ISBN: 9781429979702
  • Page: 239
  • Format: ebook
  • In the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to vote as you shot By the close of the century, however, burgeoning industrial development and the roller coaster economy of the post war decades had shifted theIn the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to vote as you shot By the close of the century, however, burgeoning industrial development and the roller coaster economy of the post war decades had shifted the agenda to pocketbook concerns the tariff, monetary policy, business regulation In From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail, the historian Charles W Calhoun provides a brief, elegant overview of the transformation in national governance and its concerns in the Gilded Age Sweeping from the election of Grant to the death of McKinley in 1901, this narrative history broadly sketches the intense and divided political universe of the period, as well as the colorful characters who inhabited it the enigmatic and tragic Ulysses S Grant the flawed visionary James G Blaine, at once the Plumed Knight and the Tattooed Man of American politics Samuel J Slick Sammy Tilden the self absorbed, self righteous, and ultimately self destructive Grover Cleveland William Jennings Bryan, boy orator and godly tribune and the genial but crafty William McKinley, who forged a national majority and launched the nation onto the world stage From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail also considers how the changes at the close of the nineteenth century opened the way for the transformations of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century.

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    1. A general overview of "high politics" in the US from the election of Ulysses Grant in 1868 to the re-election of William McKinley in 1900. The author's main contention is that during this period, the electorate was deeply engaged in the issues of the time (as demonstrated by high turn-out figures for elections). It's telling that in connection with the claim of the Populist Party (a third-party) that the issues about which the Democrats and Republicans disputed were just a sham "to gull the peop [...]

    2. For most Americans, the political history of the Gilded Age is a period where the country was governed by a succession of indistinguishably bearded presidents who did nothing. Sandwiched as it is between the drama of the Civil War period and the revolution in government brought about during the Progressive Era, it often tends to be overshadowed and overlooked, a period where the dominance of laissez-faire attitudes meant that little of significance took place. In this short little book, Charles [...]

    3. Calhoun's book focuses on national politics in decades between the end of Civil War and the beginning of the twentieth century. He emphasizes on presidential politics. During these decades New York and Indiana were the main swing states. After the end of Reconstruction, the Democratic Party could almost always count on political domination of the south. The Republicans generally dominated the northeast and much of the midwestern states (east of the Mississippi, anyway) and central Atlantic state [...]

    4. The Gilded Age is never anyone's favorite time period to study in American history. The political figures of the time were not as charismatic as those before the Civil War or those of the 20th Century. It was an era when political parties were far stronger than they were today. Calhoun is an expert in this field. He presents a concise history of the era, going over the major themes of the time (tariffs, government spending, party loyalty, the gold standard, and civil rights) without belaboring t [...]

    5. This book does a terrific job of telling the basics of the political situation in the USA from 1868 until 1900. It gives us all the key players, the differences between the two main parties, significant third parties, and how the main issues developed. It is an easy book to read and understand. It is a great starting point to understand what was going on politically in the USA during this period.

    6. This book covers politics from Grant to McKinley. Issues range from issues of Reconstruction (issues which seem to cut across geographic lines such as the Tariff) to monetary standards. The book is relatively short and would be a good resource for anyone researching Gilded Age politics. It fell a little out of my range of interest though, so it was on the my back burner for a while. There was still plenty of interesting facts and I'm glad I read it.

    7. In his Introduction Mr Calhoun tells us that: A, this is a Political History; and B, that he has studied and taught the history of the Gilded Age for many a year now. So if you feel that this book reads like a class syllabus you may be on to something. At least at the end of the, um, course, you will know who the presidents were from Andrew Johnson to Theodore Roosevelt.

    8. This was an easy and, once I actually got going on it, quick read. I think that the author gave a bit too much attention to the tariff and currency issues, but that is simply a matter of taste. The discussions of elections and quarrels between, among, and within the political parties were quite interesting.

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