The political process at the turn of the century was extremely one-sided. Women did not have votes, the African-American community had no votes, this led to the only votes coming from white men, who usually were more towards the wealthy side compared to the rest of society. This meant that predominantly rich white men were the ones making the decisions, and rich white men were also the ones running for office in politics. Therefore, yes, absolutely politics was an arena made specifically for the rich white man during this time. Women and minorities at this point in time had little impact on politics. There definitely was the beginning of fight for equal rights, but the movement was nowhere near complete. Working men had some impact on politics, but often were influenced by the richer society giving incentives for them to vote one way or another.