Consider politics at the turn of the century. More than half the population was still disenfranchised. With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked? Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only? How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process?
Politics at the turn of the century with over half of the population being disenfranchised. The political process was way different back then with limiting people the right to vote. They didn’t want woman and African Americans to vote because they feared they would lose control of Congress to the democrats. I do believe that at that time politics was an arena for the rich. At this time they only wanted land owners and business people the right to vote. The woman or African Americans had no right to vote and were discriminated against. The political process worked with the emergence of the political machines. These became powerful in large cities by organizing large blocs or working class voters as well as developing relationships with all the businesses interests. With the spread of these machines also came the spread of white male sufferage. The political machines often caused voter intimidation and election fraud.
Woman gaining the right to vote really impacted the United States and has been listed as “one of the most important events of the century”. The sufferage movement has led us to where we are as a country today. Participation in the election process involves much more than just voting. It gives the opportunity for the woman, working men, and minorities the freedom to speak out, take part in activities, and an equal right all around to take part in the political process.