"Everybody is talkin' these days about . . . graft, but nobody thinks of drawin' the|
distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft. There's all the difference in
the world . . . . I've made a big fortune out of the game, and I'm gettin' richer every
day. . . . There's an honest graft, and I'm an example of how it works. I might sum
up the whole thing by sayin': 'I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.' "
|WHAT 'S MY LINE?|
|PRIMARY SOURCES / DOCUMENTS|
|1. Author Mark Twain referred the era following the Civil War as the "Gilded Age."|
Discuss why Twain attached this label to the period, and whether it is an appropriate
2. "It is in vain to search the Republican and Democratic national platforms between
1862 and 1896 for any clear-cut antithesis on any real issue." Assess the validity of
3. Identify the dominant political characteristics of the Gilded Age and explain the
factors responsible for the decline of the presidency during this period.
4. Evaluate the terms of any two of the following Presidents, citing specific examples to
support your conclusionsUlysses S. Grant; Rutherford B. Hayes; James A. Garfield;
Chester Arthur; Grover Cleveland; Benjamin Harrison; William McKinley.
5. Discuss the emergence and decline of the Populist Party. What were the important
points of its Omaha Platform of 1892?
6. Trace the need for and evaluate the effects of any two of the following legislative
measures enacted during the Gilded AgeChinese Exclusion Act (1882); Pendleton
Act (1883); Interstate Commerce Act (1887); Dawes Severalty Act (1887); Sherman
Anti-Trust Act (1890).
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