From bloody shirt to full dinner pail : the transformation of politics and governance in the Gilded Age

by Calhoun, Charles W. 1948-

Format: Print Book 2010
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E661.C225 2010
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 973.8 C34
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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 post-war 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: the enigmatic and tragic Ulysses Grant; the flawed visionary James G. Blaine, at once the Plumed Knight and the Tattooed Man of American politics; Samuel J. "Slick Sammy" Tilden; the self-absorbed, self-righteous, and ultimately self-destructive Grover Clevel∧ William Jennings Bryan, boy orator and godly tribu≠ and the genial but crafty William McKinley, who forged a national majority and launched the nation onto the world stage. From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner-Pail also considers how the changes at the close of the nineteenth century opened the way for the transformations of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century.
General in the White House
Hayes : uncertain triumph
"Fold up the bloody shirt"
Grover Cleveland : the last Jacksonian
Harrison, Cleveland, and the purposes of power
The emerging Republican majority.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A specialist on American political history between Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Calhoun here delivers an insightful survey of the period. Keen to modify the times' reputation for scandal and scant historical consequence, he covers the public issues and political personalities in play in the competition between and within the Republican and Democratic parties. Proceeding chronologically through each national election from 1868 to 1900, Calhoun describes how putative presidential candidates jockeyed for nominations, how victor and vanquished interpreted election results, and the disposition of campaign pledges by the ensuing political alignment in Washington. As Calhoun's title suggests, the ground on which elections were contested shifted from Reconstruction and the civil rights of blacks to economic issues, with the Republicans tending to favor activist government and Solid South Democrats, minimal government. Noting what scandals did erupt, Calhoun ascribes their salience to voters as minimal compared with the Panics of 1873 and 1893 or partisan positions on civil service reform, tariff rates, and silver coinage. An eminently readable historian, Calhoun will click with fans of politics and the political past.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The politics of the late 19th century, or the Gilded Age, is the subject of this short history, and the author hopes to draw parallels between then and now. Voter turnout often surpassed 75%, political scandals were abundant, and odd third parties and flamboyant figures captured the public eye. The era has given Calhoun plenty to chew on, and the author, manifestly passionate about his niche, suggests that we are missing the implications of the historical drama. Unfortunately, by filling his book with a bewilderingly pedestrian barrage of facts, he fails to draw a persuasive parallel. Either too determined to be brief, or too loyal to his single-minded premise, Calhoun's summary of the era's politics is scholarly, complete, and bone dry. While its central impetus, the shifting balance between the influence on politics of moral issues and brute economics, is a worthy anchor point, the sheer stultifying force of endless dithering over tariffs, monetary policy, in-fighting, and partisan bickering is too strong. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900.
Publisher New York :Hill and Wang,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780809047932 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0809047934 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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