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18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: silverfish970 | Category: Global history dbq essay example

In 1881, Charles Guiteau , a mentally unstable gadfly, went postal on the President of the United States, James Garfield. Guiteau, whose career ambitions had bounced from religion to law to politics, believed he was entitled to a political appointment to a plum government job after campaigning for Garfield in the election of 1880. When he did not receive the government post he thought he deserved, he bought a gun, spent two weeks learning to use it, and then shot James Garfield as the president prepared to board a train. Guiteau realized that he was making history—as he waited at the train station for the president's arrival, he had his shoes shined and then arranged for a cab that could take him to jail in style. But he was not much of a writer; after shooting Garfield, Guiteau shouted his carefully practiced line: "I am a Stalwart of the Stalwarts—Arthur is president now." It was no "Sic semper tyrannis," but Guiteau's prosaic line did reveal the political passions of the times—a period in which party loyalty was a transcendent value and the distribution of patronage was among the national government's central tasks.

The political history of the Gilded Age is usually reduced to a tale of corruption and scandal. And indeed there were plenty of both to go around, at all levels of public life. The administration of President Ulysses S. Grant was a cesspool of graft and abuse. Treasury Department officers demanded bribes from importers if they wanted their goods to be processed efficiently. The Naval Department awarded contracts on the basis of favoritism rather than competitive bidding. The Secretary of War accepted bribes from merchants interested in lucrative trading franchises on Indian lands. Even Grant's personal secretary conspired with whiskey distillers to avoid excise taxes.

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    blackmeercat834 18 Jan 2017 06:41

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    browndog716 18 Jan 2017 07:54

    I read this twice. The way you layer longer story-related prose is admirable, and something I have much trouble with. You make it seem effortless, natural, but all of us who write know the opposite is true. I often measure the effectiveness of a piece by the number of TD s....Jealousy rears it s green head. Kudos to you, Mr Carney.

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    User1491408938 18 Jan 2017 05:52

    The most high-reaching and elaborate scandal involved the Crédit Mobilier , a firm whose shady relationship with the Union Pacific Railroad was shielded from government investigation by the Vice-President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. In return for running interference against government oversight, Colfax and other government officials were allowed to buy stock using future dividends—that is, he was allowed to "buy" them for free. We should all be so lucky.

    The most powerful example of this political corruption was New York''s Tammany Hall. This Democratic political organization capped off its orgy of self-rewarding control over New York City politics by building an elaborate new city hall. One loyal member of the Tammany organization was dubbed the "Prince of Plasterers" by the New York press when it was discovered that his connections had earned him a tidy $3 million for his work on the new building. 15

    Many argue that America's extraordinary economic development during the Gilded Age can be summarized by a handful of statistics. In 1860, the nation's total wealth was $16 billion; by 1900, it was $88 billion. This translated into a per capita increase from $500 to $1100. Driving this growth was an explosion in American manufacturing—in 1869, the manufacturing sector of the economy generated $3 billion, a figure which rose to $13 billion by 1900. This was accompanied by an increase in America's labor force from 13 million to 19 million people. 7

    Similarly, many economic historians suggest that America's economic development can also be reduced to a rather simple formula—the convergence of a handful of critical ingredients.

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    User1490460534 17 Jan 2017 23:38

    The most high-reaching and elaborate scandal involved the Crédit Mobilier , a firm whose shady relationship with the Union Pacific Railroad was shielded from government investigation by the Vice-President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. In return for running interference against government oversight, Colfax and other government officials were allowed to buy stock using future dividends—that is, he was allowed to "buy" them for free. We should all be so lucky.

    The most powerful example of this political corruption was New York''''s Tammany Hall. This Democratic political organization capped off its orgy of self-rewarding control over New York City politics by building an elaborate new city hall. One loyal member of the Tammany organization was dubbed the "Prince of Plasterers" by the New York press when it was discovered that his connections had earned him a tidy $3 million for his work on the new building. 15

    Many argue that America''s extraordinary economic development during the Gilded Age can be summarized by a handful of statistics. In 1860, the nation''s total wealth was $16 billion; by 1900, it was $88 billion. This translated into a per capita increase from $500 to $1100. Driving this growth was an explosion in American manufacturing—in 1869, the manufacturing sector of the economy generated $3 billion, a figure which rose to $13 billion by 1900. This was accompanied by an increase in America''s labor force from 13 million to 19 million people. 7

    Similarly, many economic historians suggest that America''s economic development can also be reduced to a rather simple formula—the convergence of a handful of critical ingredients.

    Although the North American continent was once filled with various Native American nations, by the end of the Civil War, most tribes had been forced west of the Mississippi River. But soon, white Americans wanted to live in the west, too.

    The federal government began forcing tribes to sign treaties and live on reservations - that's land designated for each tribe. Often (but not always), tribes were given the worst land in a region, which was unable to meet the needs of their population. But if reservation land was found to be desirable - let's say there was gold there, or good farmland, or wild game or timber - white settlers would move in, and then complain to the federal government about being attacked while they were on Indian land.

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    User1491433243 18 Jan 2017 08:29

    The most high-reaching and elaborate scandal involved the Crédit Mobilier , a firm whose shady relationship with the Union Pacific Railroad was shielded from government investigation by the Vice-President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. In return for running interference against government oversight, Colfax and other government officials were allowed to buy stock using future dividends—that is, he was allowed to "buy" them for free. We should all be so lucky.

    The most powerful example of this political corruption was New York''''''''s Tammany Hall. This Democratic political organization capped off its orgy of self-rewarding control over New York City politics by building an elaborate new city hall. One loyal member of the Tammany organization was dubbed the "Prince of Plasterers" by the New York press when it was discovered that his connections had earned him a tidy $3 million for his work on the new building. 15

    Many argue that America''''s extraordinary economic development during the Gilded Age can be summarized by a handful of statistics. In 1860, the nation''''s total wealth was $16 billion; by 1900, it was $88 billion. This translated into a per capita increase from $500 to $1100. Driving this growth was an explosion in American manufacturing—in 1869, the manufacturing sector of the economy generated $3 billion, a figure which rose to $13 billion by 1900. This was accompanied by an increase in America''''s labor force from 13 million to 19 million people. 7

    Similarly, many economic historians suggest that America''''s economic development can also be reduced to a rather simple formula—the convergence of a handful of critical ingredients.

    Although the North American continent was once filled with various Native American nations, by the end of the Civil War, most tribes had been forced west of the Mississippi River. But soon, white Americans wanted to live in the west, too.

    The federal government began forcing tribes to sign treaties and live on reservations - that''s land designated for each tribe. Often (but not always), tribes were given the worst land in a region, which was unable to meet the needs of their population. But if reservation land was found to be desirable - let''s say there was gold there, or good farmland, or wild game or timber - white settlers would move in, and then complain to the federal government about being attacked while they were on Indian land.

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    User1488285688 17 Jan 2017 22:15

    i would haver never thought some one as a very similar situation as me!!!

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    User1487798812 18 Jan 2017 03:28

    The most high-reaching and elaborate scandal involved the Crédit Mobilier , a firm whose shady relationship with the Union Pacific Railroad was shielded from government investigation by the Vice-President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. In return for running interference against government oversight, Colfax and other government officials were allowed to buy stock using future dividends—that is, he was allowed to "buy" them for free. We should all be so lucky.

    The most powerful example of this political corruption was New York''''''''''''''''s Tammany Hall. This Democratic political organization capped off its orgy of self-rewarding control over New York City politics by building an elaborate new city hall. One loyal member of the Tammany organization was dubbed the "Prince of Plasterers" by the New York press when it was discovered that his connections had earned him a tidy $3 million for his work on the new building. 15

    Many argue that America''''''''s extraordinary economic development during the Gilded Age can be summarized by a handful of statistics. In 1860, the nation''''''''s total wealth was $16 billion; by 1900, it was $88 billion. This translated into a per capita increase from $500 to $1100. Driving this growth was an explosion in American manufacturing—in 1869, the manufacturing sector of the economy generated $3 billion, a figure which rose to $13 billion by 1900. This was accompanied by an increase in America''''''''s labor force from 13 million to 19 million people. 7

    Similarly, many economic historians suggest that America''''''''s economic development can also be reduced to a rather simple formula—the convergence of a handful of critical ingredients.

    Although the North American continent was once filled with various Native American nations, by the end of the Civil War, most tribes had been forced west of the Mississippi River. But soon, white Americans wanted to live in the west, too.

    The federal government began forcing tribes to sign treaties and live on reservations - that''''s land designated for each tribe. Often (but not always), tribes were given the worst land in a region, which was unable to meet the needs of their population. But if reservation land was found to be desirable - let''''s say there was gold there, or good farmland, or wild game or timber - white settlers would move in, and then complain to the federal government about being attacked while they were on Indian land.

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    crazygorilla623 18 Jan 2017 08:40

    The most high-reaching and elaborate scandal involved the Crédit Mobilier , a firm whose shady relationship with the Union Pacific Railroad was shielded from government investigation by the Vice-President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. In return for running interference against government oversight, Colfax and other government officials were allowed to buy stock using future dividends—that is, he was allowed to "buy" them for free. We should all be so lucky.

    The most powerful example of this political corruption was New York's Tammany Hall. This Democratic political organization capped off its orgy of self-rewarding control over New York City politics by building an elaborate new city hall. One loyal member of the Tammany organization was dubbed the "Prince of Plasterers" by the New York press when it was discovered that his connections had earned him a tidy $3 million for his work on the new building. 15