The turn in politics


In the late nineteenth century, a whole new door opened for the women, although the roles were still based on the women staying in the homes and the men working to support the family the women took stand for the new opportunities. Before the nineteenth century the women weren’t expected to go to school, they were expected to do housework (clean and cook) and take care of the children and their husband. In 1900, more women started to go to school specifically college, the women began to start thinking about what rights they have and what rights they should have (being paid as equal as men and voting). Women whom were activist lead in movements in politics, and leadership skills. Once the women’s activist and the women’s suffrage group began collaborating they fought for the women’s right to vote and they won, and the Fourteenth Amendment was created.

Yet racial discrimination was still around. African Americans had to create their own movement groups whether it was with women associating with the National Association of Colored Women, which gave African American women the common goal to end women suffrage and they were able to work for what they believed in. Even though the Fifteenth Amendment was put into order in 1870 there was too many restrictions on it that allowed hardly any African Americans to be able to vote. African Americans in mainly were not allowed/didn’t have the ability to vote until 1965.

When it came to politics rich people influenced the politics the majority of the time. There was a group of men that were called political machines, they mainly worked for the Democratic party in large cities. They would make great relationships with the successful people and businesses in the cities, these men played as the “good guy” in the simply matter of “giving” but in reality they played just as big of a role the rich did when it came to the corruption that was in politics. As the poor population was increasing the “machines” were taking advantage in getting people to vote for the party the “machines” wanted them to vote for. The machines would give the poor cash for anything they need, to pay for funerals, food, housing anything that they had to have but could not afford. They showed extra “kindness” to the poor during thanksgiving by giving out free turkeys and when it got cold outside they would give free bags of coal. The machines didn’t ask for anything in return except for the assurance of that persons vote. When it came voting time for their elected officials the machines would stand by the people they helped while they voted to ensure their vote.

Before the movements had made an impact, nobody besides white men had a say in who ran this country whether it was the United States president, or government officials in their cities. The men that did vote, there votes were influence in the direction that the rich wanted. It is all for the brave women who went against the beaten path that is put out before them and did something to make a change. Along goes with the African Americans and other racial groups that were discriminated, it may have taken longer, and they had to put up more of a fight to get what they wanted and what they earned, but they won the right to vote along other things.

6 thoughts on “The turn in politics

  1. It still feels in this day in time that voters are still heavily swayed by what the rich white man wants. The voice of immigrants, blacks and women are not nearly as relevant today as what the actions of the Gilded Age show in progressive time.

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog, it was very detailed. I agree that this was a VERY important time for women and other racial groups in our country. It gave them rights that they deserved a while ago. ” It changed the whole landscape of the political views because now everyone’s voice is heard, not just the rich. Again, it was a great blog!

  3. This was the beginning of a huge turning point in American history and your post summed it up very well with all the points you made. I liked how you pointed out the bravery needed by both women and African Americans to fight for the rights they deserved and basically dictate their own history by taking the fight head on and forcing a change for the better. Good work on this blog.

  4. This was a pivotal role in the long process of getting equal rights for all Americans. This was a moment that took some power away from the rich white man in America and started to open doors. I feel that the “machines” are still present in today’s politics. It may not be as large of an amount but I believe that it still happens on a smaller scale.

  5. I really liked the detail you put into the blog. I also started to feel like I understood the happenings of this time period the way you did. I do wonder why voting was ever solely just for white men though. I get there was racism and sexism but I had never understood how people think that way.

  6. Very well written post! It flowed in a great sequential order of events. It’s crazy that it took 100 years after being freed from slavery for African Americans to then earn their right to vote. Sadly there are still many “machines” in our present time fighting for the rich white man’s vote. It seems like the minorities today are still not heard as much as they should be. We are making progress, just very slowly.

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