From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail: The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age

From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail: The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age

by Charles W. Calhoun
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0809047942

ISBN-13: 2900809047948

Pub. Date: 08/16/2011

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to “vote as you shot.” By the close of the century, however, burgeoning industrial development and the roller-coaster economy of the postwar

Overview

In the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to “vote as you shot.” By the close of the century, however, burgeoning industrial development and the roller-coaster economy of the postwar decades had shifted the agenda to pocketbook concerns—the tariff, monetary policy, business regulation.

 

In From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail, the historian Charles W. Calhoun provides a brief, elegant overview of the transformation in national governance and its concerns in the Gilded Age. Sweeping from the election of Grant to the death of McKinley in 1901, this narrative history broadly sketches the intense and divided political universe of the period, as well as the colorful characters who inhabited it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900809047948
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
Introduction,
1. General in the White House,
2. Hayes: Uncertain Triumph,
3. "Fold Up the Bloody Shirt",
4. Grover Cleveland: The Last Jacksonian,
5. Harrison, Cleveland, and the Purposes of Power,
6. The Emerging Republican Majority,
Notes,
Suggestions for Further Reading,
Index,

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