Gilded Age Politics

1860-1890

Summary

The Gilded Age is defined as the time between the Civil War and World War I during which the U.S. population and economy grew quickly, there was a lot of political corruption and corporate financial misdealings and many wealthy people lived very fancy lives

2 Key Points

  • Gilded Age politics were dominated by corruption, as politicians took bribes and rewarded their supporters with posh government jobs
  • Elections had high turnout and extraordinarily close results, but neither major party pursued ambitious policies