During this time in America (The Gilded Age) politics were on the rise. African Americans and women were not even close to the rights they have today. In the 1890s African Americans were threaten living in the south by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), so many African Americans moved north. With the country and cities changing and growing a couple questions came up, who is going to run this? Will African Americans and women have and say in the political process?
With men running the government and working women had a bunch of free time. Many women joining clubs for social reform. This brought out the political side of women which would lead to the women’s’ suffrage movement. This was women trying to get the right to vote. Women had many bumps in the road and faced many problems, but by 1920 they achieved voting rights.
With women not getting the right to vote until August 18, 1920 and African Americans not getting the right to vote until 1965 the rich white men on the time ran the government. They put poll taxes on voting so that you could only vote if you had money. Which no African Americans had money at that time because they were discriminated against and did not get payed much. Many African Americans were living better as a slave than a free man. With these rich white men running the government there was little women and minorities could do and then corrupt people established political machines. Political machines were “an urban organization designed to win elections and reward its followers, both rich and poor”. These organizations were ran by a corrupt political boss’ that would go around and do favors for anyone in exchange for votes. (McCollum).
In the early 1900s political machines were on the downturn. With the form of the Progressive Era these bosses had a hard time getting votes from the people they tried to bribe. Less and less of these bosses lost political positions in the government which contributed to the fall of political bosses (Government).
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McCollum, Jason. “Political Machine: Definition & History.” Study.com, Study.com, 2018. Print.