Glided Age

Overview of the term "Gilded"

The term the Gilded Age was first used my Mark Twain in a book that he wrote about the era. The glided age is the period in the U.S. c1870–98, characterized by a greatlyexpanding economy and the emergence of plutocratic influences ingovernment and society.


Election Of Grant

The United States presidential election of 1868 was the first presidential election to take place during reconstruction .The incumbent President ,Andrew Johnson (who succeeded to the Presidency in 1865 following the assassination of President Lincoln), was unsuccessful in his attempt to receive the Democratic presidential nomination because of his impeachment by congress, and by alienating constituents. Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant . Grant was one of the most popular men in the North due to his efforts in concluding the Civil War successfully for the Union.

"Bloody Shirt" Campaign



The Bloody Shirt campaigns in U.S. history, the post-Civil War political strategy of appealing to voters by recalling the passions and hardships of the recent war. This technique of “waving the bloody shirt” was most often employed by Radical Republicans in their efforts to focus public attention on Reconstruction issues still facing the country.

Corruption during the Gilded Age

Americans' sense of civic virtue was shocked by the scandals associated with the Reconstruction era, including corrupt state governments, massive fraud in cities controlled by machines, political payoffs to secure government contracts (especially the Crédit Mobilier of America scandal regarding the financing of the transcontinental railroad), and widespread evidence of government corruption during the Ulysses S. Grant administration


William Boss Tweed

William Magear Tweed (April 3, 1823 – April 12, 1878) – sometimes erroneously referred to as William Marcy Tweed, and widely known as "Boss" Tweed – was an American politican most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall the Democratic party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and State .

Tweed was convicted for stealing an amount estimated by an aldermen's committee in 1877 at between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption , although later estimates ranged as high as $200 million . He died in the ludlow street jail

Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast, (born Sept. 27, 1840, Landua Baden [Germany]—died Dec. 7, 1902, American cartoonist, best known for his attack on the Political machine of William M. Tweed in New York City in the 1870s.


Compromise of 1877


Immediately after the presidential election of 1876, it became clear that the outcome of the race hinged largely on disputed returns from Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina--the only three states in the South with Reconstruction-era Republican governments still in power. The Democrats agreed not to block Hayes' victory on the condition that Republicans withdraw all federal troops from the South, thus consolidating Democratic control over the region. As a result of the so-called Compromise of 1877, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina became Democratic once again, effectively marking the end of the Reconstruction era.