Politics at the turn of the century became very popular among the people. As the richer got richer and the poorer got poorer, politics really started to divide people more than just republican and democratic parties. Political machines proposed benefits to voting in their favor, essentially bribing the poor for votes. Transparent ballot boxes was also a technique used to intimidate voters. Building relationship with the working-class immigrants and condemning native-born Americans beliefs against immigrants was a sure way to secure votes. Native-born white men were at the center of politics. Racism was on the rise when these native-born Americans thought that immigrants, African Americas, and woman should not have the power to vote.
The rise in education for woman brought forth associations and clubs that focused on women’s suffrage, leadership skills, and how to obtain voting rights. These “New Woman” was a huge step in the right direction for equality. Woman and minorities had just as much of a right to vote as a native-born white man. Woman definitely proved that they could be just as educated as men and be an asset to the political society.
Keene, Jennifer D., Cornell, Saul, and O’Donnell, Edward T. Visions of America: A History of The United States, Volume 2, 3rd ed. 2019.