Politics at the Turn of the Century


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.

8 thoughts on “Politics at the Turn of the Century

  1. I like how you mention the concepts of wealth and race, as both of them influenced politics then and continue to influence politics now. I imagine it was as hard back then as it was now to even speak of politics, so many people are stuck in their ways without relating to the actual facts, however I digress. My point is that we have not changed much in a political sense, we still have issues with racism, women’s rights and the inequality of wealth. Perhaps these are issues that will never be fully solved.

  2. I agree with and like when you said, “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.” I had similar ideas when going over the blog post and thought wealth and race do play a big role in this time era. What a time it would be with such wildness and racism involved in your every day lives in that time period.

  3. The subjects you mentioned are very important because we still face discrimination and inequality today. Although, as you explained, there was a huge improvement of these touchy subjects, we will always face a new social issue.

    1. There will always be new social issues. Discrimination is unfortunately still a real thing today. Different races and woman still face some of these same issues today. It is sad how far we have come from these times, yet somethings haven’t changed.

  4. Politics at the turn of the century was more about who had the right to vote and who didn’t, compared to actually caring about our leadership and government here in the United States. As you stated in your post “Racism was on the rise when these native-born Americans thought that immigrants, African Americas, and woman should not have the power to vote.” This shows that these men were more or less focused on who they believed deserved to vote, rather than the fact that they were able to help put important people into important rolls in our government. I do believe that these issues have greatly improved today. Although people do still argue about things such as racism, immigration, and equal rights, a lot of people do put into consideration who they are voting for and how they will handle such things. There is still a big debate on politics today, but I do believe that nowadays it is over who we have selected to run our government, compared to back then when it was over who should be able to vote.

  5. The continuance of “new women” type of women who became educated and spoke up have helped women to become more equal. Women are able to vote and are also in politics but some women still feel they do not have equal rights. Men seem to get paid more especially in men dominating fields. Politicians still tell people what they want to hear to get votes, such as Bernie Sanders “everyone should get free college”. The idea of free college is a great one, I would love free college, but don’t believe the best route is government funding.

    1. Politicians absolutely make promises that they don’t always keep. I think campaign adds are always going to be misleading. Free college sounds great and I would have to say most of Bernie Sanders supports are college students. I agree that women’s rights is still an issue today, but compared to this era woman have came a long way.

  6. There were many issues involved with the political system during the Gilded Age. Bribing the poor was an important point to bring up because the lower class was being taken advantage of in order to benefit those in the upper class. The “New Woman” was beneficial to women because people were at least recognizing the fact that not all women wanted to stay at home and prepare the house for the rest of the family. Women were showing that they could get an education and perform the same job as men. Women also took charge in their lives when they joined the suffrage movement. Overall, there were many actions that were taken throughout the Gilded Age that were beneficial while others weren’t.

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