Gilded Age Politics
during the gilded age, congress was known for being rowdy and inefficient. Halls of congress was filled tobacco smoke. And also only a few legislation was passed; between 1875 and 1896 only 5 major bills was passed.
William "boss" tweed corrupt democrat who controlled most of New York city politics during the gilded age period . This era also experienced social and economic change on a massive scale and marked by many contradictions.
some major parties during the Gilded age were the republicans and democrats. also the democrats had a base along the poorer farmers and people who favored hard money, free trade and other market policies.
elections had high turnouts and close results, but neither major party pursed ambitious politics. In the 1890's farmers organized their own party called the populists.