America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900

America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900

Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing

Language: English

Pages: 147

ISBN: 2:00171019

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The newly reunified United States experienced a tenuous peace following the American Civil War. It was a period characterized by great technological advances, but also by increased political, economic, and social polarization. This penetrating look at American history between the Civil War and 20th century includes firsthand accounts that reveal the prevailing ideologies of the time and shed light on significant people and events.

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the two parties. Cleveland had not served in the army during the Civil War, and Republicans made an effort to use this fact, together with the power of the South in the Democratic Party, to arouse sectional prejudices against Cleveland. During the campaign it was revealed that Cleveland, a bachelor, was the father of an illegitimate son, an indiscretion that gave the Republicans a moral issue with which to counteract charges of corruption against their own candidate. The election was very close.

William Jennings Bryan: The Cross of Gold (1896) “We are unalterably opposed,” declared the Republican Party platform in 1896, “to every measure calculated to debase our currency.” A few weeks later the Democratic Party platform demanded “the free and unlimited coinage of both silver and gold.” Thus a major debate on the currency issue seemed likely when, as the final speaker in defense of the Democratic platform, young William Jennings Bryan not only made it inevitable but also electrified

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