1. Graft, Kickbacks, and Politicians: Graft and kickbacks were notable forms of political corruption during the Gilded Age. Politicians took bribes, stole $, intimidated voters, and generally worked against the will of the people. When politicians become corrupt, not only is our country hurt, but it causes many people to distrust the government, and in turn, they don't vote. This was important during the Gilded Age because the will of the people was often not heard and lead to massive distrust to this day (2013).
2. The Gilded Age: Mark Twain called the late 19th century the "Gilded Age." By this, he meant that the period was glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath. While many people earned immense fortunes, more were employed, women saw many gains, the US became industrial and started its ascent to being a super power, many workers worked in poor conditions, for little pay and long hours, women suffered at the hands of abusive men, children were forced into the labor force, wealth disparity hit new highs (the rich got richer and the poor became super poor), and race relations were poor at best. This is important to understand today (2013) because many are saying that we are reliving the Gilded Age of the late 1800s with wealth disparity being even worse, women still being under paid, children's childhoods being ripped away, bad pay, less/lax business regulations, and the government being in a state of uncompromising gridlock.
Pg. #s for DBQ's: 217, the one from the board
Other Things to Study for the Test: William McKinley, William Jennings Bryan, Immigrants likely to be influenced by Political Machines, Cooperatives (CO-OPs), Graduated Income Tax, Gold Standard, National Grange, Gilded Age, Patronage (Spoils System), Pendleton Civil Service Act, Interstate Commerce Act, William Marcy Tweed, One (1) Term POTUS', , Why Immigrants were Important to Political Machines (Graphic Org), Farmer's Organizations (Graphic Org), and...
- Wednesday is a half day
- We will be working on Ch. 9 this week
- We will be discussing future technology/websites coming to us
- We will be using the online textbook
- We will hopefully have a lot of fun