Scandals and Glory: Politics in the 1800s

Scandals and Glory: Politics in the 1800s

by Zachary Chastain

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422296837
Publisher: Mason Crest
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Series: Daily Life in America in the 1800s Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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