Politics and voting at the turn of the century were still disenfranchised for the “inferior”. Women and minorities were fighting for their right to vote while the poor often lacked the resources. This meant that the results of the election were primarily dictated by the rich, white males in America. Overall, the campaigns and elections were primarily controlled by this elite group of white men.
The political process is something that many take advantage of today. Not only is it our privilege to vote but it is also our civic duty. But it wasn’t always like this. At the turn of the century politics was a game for the wealthy. The privileged white class controlled the system from the ground up, and they did this by limiting power and putting strict laws in place to limit minorities’ rights. These laws are what shaped the political system and kept African Americans out of educated positions by law. They helped perpetuate the assumption that women belong in the kitchen and should remain subservient. A case would be heard with jury/judge present but that would not stop racial bias or bribery. The final way of how things were done was not an official one. This process allowed the law to be influenced by hate groups or religious organizations.
The wealthy white man controlled every aspect of society from their spouses to business and maybe most of all, the political process. They did this by putting stipulations and rules in place to limit the power of those of whom they deemed “inferior”. These groups were the victims of a political arena that had been going on since the foundation of our country and beyond. The tradition of a long line of rich nobility that controlled the political systems in Europe was transferred to America.
Working men, women, and African Americans would not get the same luxuries as the rich. And in short that’s how the ruling class wanted it. The rich wanted to remain in positions of authority and they would only do that if they controlled the economy, court rooms, and the political landscape. The only way for the disenfranchised to play a big part in the political system was to apply the pressure to the upper class that then motivated change in order to keep the majority happy.
Overall, the early twentieth century was one controlled by the upper class. They used this power to drive their own personal wealth and keep “inferior” groups disenfranchised. This however would not last forever. Change would happen but years of hardship stood in the way for those oppressed.