Scandals and Glory: Politics in the 1800s

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With the principles of democracy firmly established after the War for Independence, Americans in the 1800s took their politics very seriously. As more and more male citizens gained the right to vote, elections became very public, hotly contested, and sometimes even violent. In the cities and towns of America, politicians courted political power and influence among new immigrant communities; buying votes and stuffing ballot boxes was shockingly common. While the major national political issues of foreign policy, ...

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Overview

With the principles of democracy firmly established after the War for Independence, Americans in the 1800s took their politics very seriously. As more and more male citizens gained the right to vote, elections became very public, hotly contested, and sometimes even violent. In the cities and towns of America, politicians courted political power and influence among new immigrant communities; buying votes and stuffing ballot boxes was shockingly common. While the major national political issues of foreign policy, taxation, the abolition of slavery, and states' rights took center stage in Congress, Americans split along regional and party lines that still exist in the twenty-first century. Scandals over greed and corruption caused whole city governments to fall, but America also produced some of the greatest statesman and political leaders in its history. Former slaves, poor immigrants, and women demanded their right to vote.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The nineteenth century was a time of great change in the political arena commonly understood by Americans. At the start of the century a limited number of people voted for property-owning politicians. By the end of the century, the masses voted in elections that were conducted in ways not dissimilar to those Americans now experience. It is the evolution of politics in America during the 1800s that Chastain tackles in this chapter of the illustrated "Daily Life in America in the 1800s" series. As with other books in this five-volume set, Chastain briefly touches on topics linked to his core subject. While the vast scope of the subject is such that an in-depth approach to any given individual or area is impossible, Chastain does his best to at least introduce readers to the central political events of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on a few individuals in greater depth but, by and large, he offers a brief summary of major accomplishments of keynote leaders and many presidents of that era. The end result is a once-over-lightly approach to social studies that offers a few ideas but no general understanding of the topic. Sadly, while the author has the ability to tell a historical story, such an assignment is doomed to fail. To tell the story of nineteenth century American politics in relatively few pages is a tough nut to crack. While this particular book is well intended, it does not crack that nut. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I The Birth of American Politics: 1800-1850 9

Part II Preserving the Union: 1850-1865 25

Part III Reconstruction and the Gilded Age: 1865 1900 37

Think About It 58

Words Used in This Book 59

Find Out More 61

Index 63

Picture Credits 64

About the Author & the Consultant 64

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